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Multinational Corporations and European Regional Systems of Innovation

1st Edition

By John Cantwell, Simona Iammarino


216 pages

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In globalising economies, particularly those going through a process of economic integration such as those economies within the EU, regions forge an increasing number of linkages with other locations within and across national borders. This is largely carried out by the technological efforts of Multinational Corporations (MNCs).

This book explores the regional dimension of Europe in terms of localised technological comparative advantages and the location of innovative activities by MNCs. Using an empirical analysis John Cantwell and Simona Iammarino cover such important themes as:

  • MNC technological activities and economic wealth
  • MNCs and the regional systems of innovation in Italy, UK, Germany and France
  • the geographical hierarchy across European national borders.


'This slim volume undertakes a thorough and considered analysis … To my knowledge this is the first systematic analysis of this subject at an interdisciplinary level, and it marks an important step in developing a thorough understanding of the complexities underlying innovation and location.' - Research Policy

About the Authors

John Cantwell is Professor of International Business at the Rutgers Business School, New Jersey (USA).

Simona Iammarino is Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics (UK).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Global Competition

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / Economics
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Corporate & Business History