Managing local knowledge assets globally: the role of regional innovation relays

Asakawa, Kazuhiro; Lehrer, Mark
February 2003
Journal of World Business;Spring2003, Vol. 38 Issue 1, p31
Academic Journal
We studied �regional innovation relays� as MNC regional offices that mediate between knowledge generation at the local level and knowledge application at the global level. The significance of the region as a nexus of innovation is illustrated by concrete examples from U.S. and Japanese MNCs. The role of regional management for the MNC�s innovation system hinges precisely on the need for linkages between knowledge embedded in locally conducted activities and innovation exploited at the global level by the MNC. A framework of regionally facilitated innovation illuminates this process.


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