New Forms of Organisation and R & D Internationalisation Among the World's 100 Largest Food And Beverages Multinationals.

Filippaios, Fragkiskos and Papanastassiou, Marina and Pearce, Robert and Rama, Ruth (2009) New Forms of Organisation and R & D Internationalisation Among the World's 100 Largest Food And Beverages Multinationals. Research Policy, 38 (6). pp. 1032-1043. ISSN 0048-7333. (Full text available)

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Abstract

This paper explores the strategic internationalisation of Research and Development (R&D) activities of the world's 100 largest food and beverages (F&B) multinationals (MNEs) in 1996 and 2000 with a sample of nearly 8000 affiliates for each period. We develop a global innovation strategy (GIS) structure where we analyse the R&D internationalisation process of F&B MNEs. We argue that in a fully developed GIS model the sourcing of creative inputs does not come exclusively from a ‘central’ R&D laboratory, but other overseas R&D laboratories or technological affiliates can also undertake genuine knowledge creation activity from capitalising on the scientific heterogeneity fostered in individual host countries as well as distinctive demand conditions. Our results indicate the increasing importance of overseas technological affiliates in the application of a GIS in the leading F&B MNEs, which determine the degree of their technological internationalisation. Two variants of technological affiliates reflect two broad knowledge-related activities, i.e. adaptation and genuine forms of knowledge creation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Food and beverages; Multinational enterprises; Research and Development; Foreign affiliates
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > International Business and Strategy
Depositing User: J. Ziya
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2010 15:06
Last Modified: 19 May 2014 12:51
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/25780 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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