Technology sourcing and reverse productivity spillovers in the multinational enterprise: global or regional phenomenon?

Driffield, Nigel, Love, James H and Yang, Yong (2014) Technology sourcing and reverse productivity spillovers in the multinational enterprise: global or regional phenomenon? British Journal of Management, 25 (S1). S24-S41. ISSN 1045-3172

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Abstract

The focus of this paper is the importance of regions in technology transfer by the multinational firm. Specifically, we focus on an issue that has become known as knowledge or technology sourcing via ‘reverse spillovers’, i.e. productivity effects running from domestic firms to foreign establishments. Traditionally this issue has presented a challenge for international business scholars, both in terms of identifying the phenomenon and in terms of determining the success of the strategy. In this paper we examine these questions within the context of the debate on globalization/regionalization. For a set of some 4500 subsidiaries of multinationals across a wide range of countries we show that reverse productivity spillovers via technology sourcing are significant but that they tend to be concentrated within ‘triad regions’ rather than across them. We also find that reverse spillovers from host country multinational enterprises are greater than those from other host country firms or from other foreign affiliates.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Online first
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic theory. Demography
Depositing User: Catrina Hey
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2013 16:04
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2014 14:32
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/45406
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