Purposes and Background of the Survey
With the growing importance of emerging Asian countries such as China and India as R&D hubs, the overseas deployment of R&D by western business enterprises to Asia has been accelerating in this century. On the other hand, Japanese enterprises remain resistant to such changes in business environment. This recent international expansion of R&D has brought global changes to R&D structure in both developing and developed countries.
With the realization that the establishment of a new analytical framework suitable for current R&D trends is required, the questionnaire for this survey has been planned in coordination with R&D head offices and overseas R&D bases of Japanese enterprises to understand the current trends of R&D globalization and analyze its strategic aspects, issues, and effective managerial measures based on the latest available data.
The study aims at understanding the challenges and current R&D internationalization trends experienced by Japanese firms in order to gain insights on how managers can better cope with such challenges.
Outline of the Survey
- Who were surveyed?
- Japanese firms with overseas R&D facilities and their overseas bases
- Survey method
- Mail survey
- Survey period
- October 2008 – February 2009
- Number of effective responses
- 47 head offices (35%)
99 overseas bases (20%)