From Home-Country to Host-Country: The Rise of Emerging Economies in Multinational R&D Networks and Its Impact on the Global Innovation Landscape

Liang, Zheng, Associate Professor, School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua
Henry S. Rowen, Co-Director, SPRIE at Stanford Graduate School of Business

RSVP Required by 5PM on May 20

Emerging economies such as China and India have become “hotspots” of multinational R&D investments. As some observers have argued, some unique products/services are first developed in and for emerging markets, then subsequently introduced to advanced markets. This is named “reverse innovation” and proclaimed to bring great challenges for existing industrial dominators (Immelt, Govindarajan & Trimble, 2009). If true, what would be its impact on multinational global R&D strategies and organizations? What kind of capabilities and mechanism should be developed to respond this change?

Based on case studies in China, Dr. Liang will discuss three new types of multinationals’ R&D units abroad. All of them are host-country-based instead of home-country-based, which indicates the latest change of multinational global R&D distribution. Furthermore, the talk will also explore the global R&D strategy and innovation pattern of Chinese home-grown companies such as Huawei and ZTE, and the relationship between multinationals’ R&D relocation in China, as well as their implications on global innovation landscape.

Monday, May 21, 2012 | 4:15 pm — 5:15 pm
E103, Faculty Building East, Knight Management Center

Stanford Program on Regions of Innovation and Entrepreneurship