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Determinants of Location in Global Sourcing of Innovation
A Comparative Analysis of the Choice of Location in India's Automotive Sector
A project of:
Project work by: Mahipat Ranwat
Project framework: The project work outlined in this proposal aims to contribute to the main study "The Role of Offshore R&D in Strengthening Competitive Advantage: Chances and Challenges in India"
Project supervision: Rajnish Tiwari
Duration: October 2007 - March 2008
Proposed duration: Three months
More and more firms today are exploring opportunities in countries around the world to strengthen their competitive advantage, which in developed countries can often only be achieved by being innovative (owing to location-related cost disadvantages). Pardoxically, the high costs of innovation (especially of R&D) in developed countries - along with the pressure to reduce time-to-market - have made firms internationalize their R&D operations, as discussed in some recent publications of our institute; see for instance Working Papers 49 and 50.
The advance of information and communication technologies coupled with economic development in economically emerging countries has made available a multitude of global partners. While going global, a firm has to consider a number of factors ranging from vision and strategic objectives to the availability of academic partners in the target country for instance.
In an ever more globalizing and, thus, ever more competitive world, the effort to attract FDI in general, and in R&D in particular, cannot be left to chance. The objectives of the present study are to identify India’s policies and practices in order to attract FDI in the field of R&D. More specific, this study aims to identify:
This study is a part of the project India's Innovation System: Exploring the Strengths, currently being carried out at TIM/TUHH within the framework of Research Project Global Innovation. A major objective of this research is to identify policies employed by the Indian governemnt to deal with FDI issues in the R&D sector. It would also seek to make policy recommendation to overcome any shortcomings identified during the study. Another major advantage of this study would be that it could serve as a benchmark for other countries.
In order to collect the necessary information to meet the objectives, it is proposed to split the research process into two sections:
The results of the above research will be used to meet the targets mentioned in the section Objectives and help to better understand India’s innovation system.
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