Foreign subsidiaries’ internal and external R&D cooperation in South Korea: Explanatory factors and interaction

Axele Giroud, Yoo Jung Ha, Mo Yamin

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This article analyses R&D cooperation strategies by foreign subsidiaries of MNEs located in South Korea. It differentiates between foreign subsidiaries with no R&D cooperation and those which favour internal or external R&D cooperation. Providing country-specific discussion in the context of South Korea, this enables comparison and contrast of the importance of innovation networks developed by MNE subsidiaries. Using various models, the results show that foreign subsidiaries in South Korea adopt complementary internal and external R&D cooperation strategies. Knowledge sourcing is found to be a key determinant of R&D cooperation, and government policies act as a strong incentive for inter-firm collaboration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-256
Number of pages30
JournalAsian business & management
Issue number3
Early online date7 May 2014
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014


  • MNEs
  • Foreign subsidiaries
  • R&D cooperation
  • South Korea
  • Knowledge sourcing
  • Innovation Policy

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