Right person in the right place: How the host country IPR influences the distribution of inventors in the offshored R&D projects of multinational enterprises

Nandkumar, A and Srikanth, K (2015) Right person in the right place: How the host country IPR influences the distribution of inventors in the offshored R&D projects of multinational enterprises. Strategic Management Journal. ISSN 1097-0266

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Abstract

Prior work has shown that the strength of the intellectual property regime (IPR) in a host country influences offshoring of R&D to that country. Building on this work we propose that the strength of the IPR in a host country differentially influences the threat of knowledge leakage on projects that are produced for the location where the multinational firm is headquartered (home) versus the location to which the R&D project is offshored (host). We argue and show that when the host location has a weak IPR, fewer host inventors are involved in host R&D projects when compared to home R&D projects. We test our hypotheses using a dataset of patents held by US assignees, but co-invented in 43 host locations with differing IPR strength.

Affiliation: Indian School of Business
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Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Keywords: Intellectual property regime;R&D offshoring;multinational R&D strategy;global organization of work;knowledge spillover
Subjects: Business and Management
Policy
Depositing User: Veeramani R
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2015 10:35
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2015 10:35
URI: http://eprints.exchange.isb.edu/id/eprint/445
Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/smj.2418
Publisher OA policy: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0143-2095/
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