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The University of Southampton
Geography and Environmental Science

Organizational Innovation, MNEs and Emerging Economies: Promoting co- innovation within 'shared-value governance' R&D alliances in India Event

16:00 - 17:17
13 February 2013
Venue: Building 44, Room 1057 (LT B) For a map to the venue, please refer to the attached link below:

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A rare opportunity to hear and question the Editors of the world's two leading/flagship journals in economic geography. Professor Yuko Aoyama, Clark University, USA (Editor, Economic Geography) Chaired by Professor Neil Wrigley FBA DSc (Editor, Journal of Economic Geography)


MNEs are devising new organizational innovation in emerging economics. In this seminar, I discuss alliances with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) by taking cases of global corporate R&D activities in India. The significance of R&D activities in India is not solely based on its newness and the changes in perception of India as a industrial location. I argue that the emerging phenomenon of R&D alliances between MNEs and NGOso demands a new conceptual framework that explicitly recognizes innovation as arising from a shared value between for-profit and non-profit organizations. How they co-innovate, co-develop and nurture knowledge assets, in spite of competing incentive structures, institutional objectives, and organizational cultures, demands not only new solutions to multi-dimensional coordination problems, but also conceptualization of a potential governance form. I will present some findings based on semi-structured interviews conducted with corporations and NGOs in India, and explore their significance in the broader debate on the transformation of, and the heterogeneity of capitalism(s).

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