Innovation and Institutional Embeddedness of Multinational Companies - New Horizons in International Business Series (Hardback)
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Innovation and Institutional Embeddedness of Multinational Companies - New Horizons in International Business Series (Hardback)

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Hardback 384 Pages / Published: 30/03/2012
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Multinational companies are crucial actors in a global knowledge-based economy, combining the advantages of global and locally coordinated production and innovation strategies with specific regional and national factors. This book questions how MNCs can best exploit institutionally embedded knowledge, explores the utilization of external institutionally embedded knowledge in corporate innovation processes, and addresses the challenges of embeddedness. The expert contributors draw on managerial, economic, geographic and sociological perspectives to explore the essential roles of regional and national knowledge infrastructures and the cultural and political environment of MNCs. They build upon, update, and extend the discussion on the regional and national embeddedness of MNCs with new country case studies and comparative analyses, focussing on the relationship between innovation in companies and regional studies. Significantly, the book also establishes a link between two important debates that have hitherto been largely disconnected: Regional studies and international business studies separately address issues that fall within the scope of the book, but do not provide an integrated analysis of the embeddedness of MNCs. This pathbreaking book goes some way to fill this gap in the literature and as such, will prove invaluable to academics, R&D managers, regional policy makers and students with an interest in international business, business economics, regional studies and organization studies.

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9780857934321
Number of pages: 384
Dimensions: 156 x 234 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
`This wonderful volume brings together contributions mainly from the innovation literature, whose findings are in a sense quite familiar, but which in this collection are juxtaposed in such a way as to highlight their common institutional underpinnings. This is very much due to the efforts of the editor, whose insightful introduction and editorial vision brings out several interesting and emerging themes from this collection of papers. I think this volume breaks new ground in highlighting the embeddedness of MNE subsidiaries in multiple contexts, and it will be of considerable interest to scholars engaged with institutional analysis. However, I also believe that researchers interested in regional embeddedness, the geography of innovation, and knowledge management will find new angles to their work in this collected volume.' -- Sarianna M. Lundan, University of Bremen, Germany
`Published by Edward Elgar, this book presents a kaleidoscope of insights, exploration and debate on the concept of `institutional embededness' as it links to, or affects, or influences innovation - that continuing and relentless search for the new and profitable that is seen by many as the lifeblood of multinationals. . . The sheer volume of research it contains will certainly excite the interest of other researchers who will find the tables, charts, diagrams and definitely the extensive bibliographies contained in most chapters of immense value.' -- Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor, The Barrister Magazine

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