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

R&D Organization Structure, Intra-firm Inventor Networks, and Innovation

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

IP Litigation Is Local, But Those Who Litigate Are Global

Working Papers

While there has been a growing literature on the globalization of R&D and intellectual property (IP) strategies, most of the extant studies are conducted at a specific location or a specific point in time. The three projects in this program aim to provide a holistic view of firms’ global R&D footprint.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

Innovation and Intellectual Property Strategies of Multinational Enterprises

Funded Research Proposal

While there has been a growing literature on the globalization of R&D and intellectual property (IP) strategies, most of the extant studies are conducted at a specific location or a specific point in time. The three projects in this program aim to provide a holistic view of firms’ global R&D footprint, and to integrate IP strategies into firms’ overall globalization efforts. 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

Realized Rate of Innovation under Competition

Funded Research Proposal

Why do Apple and Samsung sometimes hold back advanced features when they release new products? Are they simply waiting for reasonable production cost or are they strategically spreading out their innovation? How does imperfect intellectual property protection affect these firm decisions?Read More

The Impact of Industrial Policy and Export Processing Zones on Technological Growth: Evidence from a Panel of 7 Million Indian Firm Financial Statements

Funded Research Proposal

Scholars of industrial, trade, and urban economics have long been concerned with understanding the determinants of firm growth, and the mechanisms through which it propagates. Central to research in this area is the question of what role externalities and market imperfections play (if any) in hindering total factor productivity (TFP) growth.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