The Globalization of R&D and Human Capital Flows

Funded Research Proposal

My research studies innovation and technological change, with a special focus on the changing structure of the R&D activities of multinational firms. Multinational firms account for the majority of innovation investment worldwide. However, while innovation within these firms historically has been spatially concentrated in the home country, that concentration has changed dramatically in the past 20 years.Read More

Organizational Change and the Dynamics of Innovation: Formal R&D Structure and Intrafirm Inventor Networks

Working Papers

Prior studies have shown associations between organizational structure and innovation. However, most have been static and cross sectional, only showing variation across firms. This gap is problematic because it is not clear if firms can use structure as a lever to direct their research outcomes.Read More

Investment as an Influencing Strategy

Working Papers

Institutional environments are often considered exogenous in firms’ investment decisions. While the non-market strategy literature has discussed various approaches that firms may adopt to influence their interactions with institutions, such discussion is mostly absent in the analysis of market strategies. Read More

The Corporate Parenting Effect, Revisited

Funded Research Proposal

This project considers whether and how corporate headquarters either add value to or destroy value for the subsidiaries operating under their oversight. This question is a foundational one in the field of strategic management and has been debated for several decades. However, researchers have been limited from fully answering it. Read More

IP Litigation Is Local, But Those Who Litigate Are Global

Published Research

The importance of managing intellectual property (IP) on a global basis has been widely acknowledged by scholars and practitioners alike. However, we still have limited understanding of how multinational enterprises (MNEs) choose where to file for IP protection and where they exercise their IP rights through litigation. Read More

Innovation In Aviation Comes Down to Smart Bets on One Big Winner

Brian Tillotson discusses the aviation industry

With significant incumbent benefits and strict safety regulations, the aviation industry can sometimes present its engineers with a limited scope for innovation. Dr. Brian Tillotson of Boeing explains how the company continues to push boundaries despite various obstacles.Read More

Global Sourcing and Foreign Knowledge Seeking

Published Research

We develop and test a rigorous theoretical account of firm global sourcing decisions, distinguishing the antecedents of offshore integration from those of offshore outsourcing. Although traditional theories of global sourcing focus on lowering costs, we argue that as high-performing firms seek to develop new capabilities by tapping into foreign knowledge, they will increasingly turn to offshore integration to reap colocation benefits and overcome expropriation challenges.Read More

Decoding the Adaptability-Rigidity Puzzle: Evidence from Pharmaceutical Incumbents’ Pursuit of Gene Therapy and Monoclonal Antibodies

Published Research

The emergence of radical technologies presents a significant challenge to incumbent firms. We study firms’ management of radical technological change by separating their actions into upstream research (“R” of R&D) and downstream development (“D” of R&D).Read More

International R&D service outsourcing by technology-intensive firms: Whether and where?

Published Research

We combine the streams of literature on outsourcing and offshoring to investigate (1) whether choosing an R&D offshore outsourcing strategy by technological firms is advisable, and (2) where these firms are more likely to allocate these R&D services outsourcing agreements offshore, namely, in developed or developing economies.Read More