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Main Contributions, Limitations and Further Research

Bjoern Jindra ()

Chapter 8 in Internationalisation Theory and Technological Accumulation, 2012, pp 185-213 from Palgrave Macmillan

Abstract: Abstract In this final chapter we will contextualise the findings from the research and derive its main contributions with regard to the theoretical, empirical and policy dimensions. First, we summarise briefly the findings of the research questions. Second, we consider the research implications for the theory of technological accumulation and firm internationalisation. Hence, the discussion revolves around the main propositions of the approach, namely technological accumulation and firm location, motives for the internationalisation of R&D and innovation, and the dynamic interaction between ownership and locational advantages. Third, we deduce the additions to the existing research on East Germany and probe into possible generalisations for other post-communist transition economies. In particular, we pay attention to the role of spatially distinct capabilities in MNEs’ location choice, regions’ capability to attract the R&D and innovation of MNEs, and the extent and conditions for technological spillover from MNEs to the host economy. Fourth, we draw the main policy implications with regard to behavioural aspects of investment and regional policy, linkage promotion, R&D and innovation, and science and higher education. Finally, we spell out the main limitations of the research approach with respect to the assumptions in the research approach, data, measurement and estimation procedures and identify possible future research directions on the subject.

Keywords: Domestic Firm; Location Choice; Technological Activity; Agglomeration Economy; Foreign Affiliate (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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DOI: 10.1057/9780230360037_8

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