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January 29 , 2010

Multinational Enterprises and Innovation

Regional Learning in Networks


The crucial actors of a global knowledge-based economy are multinational enterprises (MNEs). MNEs depend on the embeddedness in an institutional framework; their competitive advantage depends on the cross-border utilisation of regional and national capabilities. The innovativeness of a company is therefore based also on regional innovation systems. Multinational Enterprises and Innovation contributes to a better understanding of the interconnectedness between organisational and regional learning.

On the basis of case studies in Germany and France, this volume investigates how MNEs cope with technical, economic and institutional uncertainties by drawing upon the complementary strengths of organisational and regional networks in national and European contexts. The book links two theoretical debates which are currently still largely disconnected – the debate on learning processes in MNEs and the debate on the regional bases of innovativeness and competitiveness – answering the question of how the internationalisation of R&D is reconciled with regional competences.

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