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Bjoern Jindra ()

Chapter 1 in Internationalisation Theory and Technological Accumulation, 2012, pp 1-15 from Palgrave Macmillan

Abstract: Abstract The relationship between the internationalisation of firms, technology transfer and possible host country effects has long been a concern in economic research. It is traditionally assumed that foreign firms possess a centrally accumulated technological advantage over domestic firms which can be exploited abroad. Given a sufficient level of absorptive capacity and human capital, domestic firms are believed to be able to benefit from technological externalities stimulated by the mere presence of multinational enterprises (MNEs). However, more recently the emphasis has shifted from the traditional technology transfer perspective to one of global generation and diffusion of knowledge and innovation within the MNE. It is suggested that not every MNE provides the same knowledge opportunities for domestic firms. The spillover potential crucially depends on the technological heterogeneity of MNEs as well as existing location specific technological capabilities within the host economy.

Keywords: Foreign Direct Investment; Spillover Effect; Domestic Firm; Location Choice; German Democratic Republic (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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DOI: 10.1057/9780230360037_1

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