Global R and D alliances in China: Collaborations with universities and research institutes

Jiatao Li

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A learning perspective was applied to examining when multinational corporations select universities rather than local firms as partners in international RD alliances. Data were collected on 327 international RD alliances established over the 1995 - 2001 period in China, an emerging economy where intellectual property rights protection is still far from adequate, over the 19952001 period. The effects of factors such as the international investors host country RD experience and the ventures research objectives on the selection of universities or research institutes as local partners for RD alliances were analyzed. Analysis using logistic regression models suggests that the contribution of local universities and research institutes to such RD collaborations is likely to be high when foreign investors have had abundant prior RD experience in the host country and when the alliance has been established primarily for research rather than development purposes. The implications for theory, practice, and policymaking are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5337890
Pages (from-to)78-87
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Engineering Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • China
  • Multinational corporations (MNCs)
  • R&D
  • University-industry collaboration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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