Global Companies, Local Innovations: Why the Engineering Aspects of Innovation Making Require Co-location, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Global Companies, Local Innovations

Why the Engineering Aspects of Innovation Making Require Co-location, 1st Edition

By Yasuyuki Motoyama


180 pages

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Investigating the innovation activities of multinational corporations, this book uncovers and examines why the geography of innovation by multinationals is overwhelmingly local, in spite of their global operations in manufacturing and sales through case studies of produce development by three global players: Toyota, Sony, and Canon. The microdynamic approach of the book allows an in-depth investigation of the engineering and technical aspects of innovation making. The book unfolds the complex and constant process of trial and error in innovation and reveals three fundamental natures of innovation making: complexity, interdisciplinarity, and prototyping and testing. In order to manage these three natures of innovation, firms have to plan, ironically, for unplanned situations and to collocate knowledge, people, and resources.

About the Author

Yasuyuki Motoyama is a senior Scholar in Research and Policy and with Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

About the Series

Economic Geography Series

Economic Geography Series
Innovative and stimulating, this series enlivens the field of economic geography and regional development, providing key volumes for academic use across a variety of disciplines. Exploring a broad range of interrelated topics, the series enhances our understanding of the dynamics of modern economies in developed and developing countries, as well as the dynamics of transition economies. It embraces both cutting edge research monographs and strongly themed edited volumes, thus offering significant added value to the field and to the individual topics addressed.

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