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Innovation behaviour and productivity performance in the nordic region does foreign ownership matter?

: Ebersberger, B.; Lööf, H.

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Created on: 3.9.2009

Stockholm: KTH, 2005, 31 pp.
Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation, 27
Report, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer ISI ()
multinational enterprise; take-over; corporate governance; cross-country comparison; spillover; R & D; innovation; productivity

This paper addresses the involvement of foreign companies in domestic economies; the relative engagement of foreign-owned companies in R&D-activities; the relative embeddedness in various national innovation systems and the relative output performance from R&D and innovation. A comparison is made between the innovation and productivity of foreign owned enterprises, of different corporate styles, (Nordic, Anglo-Saxon and Continental European) and the different corporate structures of domestically owned firms (multinational and uninational). Using 5 186 firm level observations from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, and based on the international harmonized Community Innovation Survey and uniform econometric approaches; the study confirms previous findings, presents new results and identifies country, corporate style and corporate governance differences. Some new lights is also shed on a seemingly paradoxical relationship between R&D and innovation, and between R&D and productivity.