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Motivations and barriers of foreign R&D activities in China

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The continued growth of the Chinese economy accompanied with the expansion of international investment in China has led to an increase in foreign research and development (R&D) activities in the country. Aside from the rising importance of R&D internationalization, research on foreign R&D in China has been neglected in the past due to its emerging status. In this article we examine drivers and barriers for conducting R&D in China. The focus of our research is on transnational companies typically characterized by decentralized R&D activities. Our research is mainly based on qualitative interviews with senior R&D managers. The success of foreign R&D activities in China strongly depends on the realistic estimation of its advantages and the proper identification and handling of barriers.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Institute of Technology Management, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland 2: Research Institute for International Management, Asia Research Centre, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Publication date: September 1, 2004


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