Multinationalization and the scope of innovation

Sasan Bakhtiari, Antonio Minniti, Alireza Naghavi

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    Abstract

    This research sheds light on how multinationalization affects basic research by firms and how their product scope influences this relationship. Using a matched firm-patent data set, we apply the generality measure of patent citation to investigate the effect of multinationalization on the extent to which patents registered by firms are applicable to diverse technology fields. We find that multinationalization is generally associated with less fundamental patents. However, engaging in more international activities while operating a more diversified portfolio of products is conducive to patents that open the way for follow-up research and inventions. These findings are robust to various specifications and sampling tests.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1057-1077
    JournalIndustrial and Corporate Change
    Volume28
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2019

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