International technological alliances and foreign affiliates

Author Name SUZUKI Shinya (Musashi University) / IKEUCHI Kenta (Fellow, RIETI)
Creation Date/NO. March 2019 19-J-019
Research Project East Asian Industrial Productivity
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As many Japanese companies develop global research and development activities, the influence of technological cooperation with overseas universities on corporate research and development activities is also increasing. In this paper, we investigate the influence of the existence of a company’s overseas affiliates in the country where the cooperating research partner is located and the country type of that partner, when a Japanese company carries out technical cooperation with overseas universities. As a result of analyzing the samples of Japanese manufacturing firms, we found that when overseas affiliates of Japanese companies exist in countries of partner universities, the research and development performance of the company increased. Also, if a partner university is located in a developed country, the research and development performance of the company is enhanced. The findings suggest that the research and development activities of companies are influenced by both the nature of the implementation and cooperation partner in international collaboration efforts.