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Global integration and innovation: Multicountry knowledge generation within MNCs


  • Heather Berry

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    1. George Washington University, School of Business, Washington, District of Columbia, U.S.A.
    • Correspondence to: Heather Berry, George Washington University, School of Business, Funger Hall 401T, 2201 G Street, Washington DC 20052, U.S.A. E-mail:

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This paper examines both conditions that can enable collaborative and combinative knowledge generation within multinational corporations (MNCs) and benefits that firms can achieve from these types of innovations. I posit that more basic relationships that have been established through manufacturing integration can enable multicountry collaborative innovations and that these innovations will bring together diverse knowledge that is likely to spawn further innovation within firms. Empirical analysis of a panel that includes comprehensive and confidential data on the worldwide operations of U.S. MNCs and their worldwide patents reveals robust support for these arguments. Overall, this paper broadens extant research on knowledge generation within MNCs by exploring both the antecedents and benefits of multicountry collaborative innovations. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.