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Globalization, technological advances and the demands of international competition have driven firms to develop activities in their value chains abroad. Although this phenomenon —known as offshoring— is not new, it has undeniably gained in importance over the last decade. And the scope, degree and motivations for international disaggregation of business activities have evolved significantly. Offshoring has become an important strategic option for firms, one that in recent years has included value-added activities such as research and development (R&D). We expand on the managerial implications of research that examines how different governance modes of international R&D sourcing —captive offshoring and offshore outsourcing— contribute to innovation and growth. Using contemporary examples for illustration, we make recommendations on R&D offshoring strategies that boost innovation and enable small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to increase sales.

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Alicia Rodríguez

Alicia Rodríguez

University Carlos III of Madrid (Spain)

Alicia Rodríguez is an Assistant Professor at the Entrepreneurship and Strategy Division, University Carlos III of Madrid (Spain). She holds a MSc in Business Management from the Complutense University of Madrid, a MSc in International Law from the University of Murcia...

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María Jesús Nieto

María Jesús Nieto

University Carlos III of Madrid (Spain)

María Jesús Nieto is an Associate Professor at the Entrepreneurship and Strategy Division, University Carlos III of Madrid (Spain). She holds a PhD in Economic from this University. She is the Director of Master in Entrepreneurship and Deputy Director of...

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