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Internationalisation of R&D in multinational corporations

Completed Project


Firms and Markets

Project Management

Heike Belitz

Project Period

April 1, 2011 - March 31, 2012

Commissioned by

Expertenkommission Forschung und Innovation der Bundesregierung

In Cooperation With

NIW Hannover, SV Wissenschaftsstatistik

The motives, strategies and repercussions of the internationalisation of R&D in multinational corporations will be analysed and evaluated from a German viewpoint. The study incorporates

• an international comparison of R&D among German companies abroad and
• an international comparison of R&D among foreign companies in Germany.

The evolution of R&D expenditure and R&D personnel as well as the various R&D specialisations of multinational corporations both at home and abroad indicate the strengths and weaknesses of a country as a location for R&D. To this end, the study investigates the amount of R&D expenditures, intensity and industry focus among domestic and foreign-owned companies in Germany and other industrialized countries.

Belitz, H. (2012): Internationalisierung von Forschung und Entwicklung in multinationalen Unternehmen. In: Expertenkommission Forschung und Innovation (Hrsg.): Studien zum deutschen Innovationssystem, Studie 5-2012, Berlin.
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