Hierarchical Segmentation of R&D Process and Intellectual Property Protection: Evidence from Multinational R&D labs in ChinaIEEE Transactions on Engineering Management (2010)
AbstractThis paper examines how multinational corporations (MNCs) protect their intellectual property (IP) when they conduct R&D in countries with weak IP rights (IPRs) protection. Findings from a small-scale survey and three case studies in China show that hierarchical segmentation of the R&D process can provide an effective way for IPR protection. Furthermore, a modular R&D structure adopted by many information technology companies can facilitate the hierarchical segmentation. Because R&D is becoming distributed across locations with varying levels of IPR protection, a center-peripheral R&D organizational structure is emerging within MNCs as R&D globalization proceeds.
- hierarchical segmentation,
- R&D Process,
- R&D labs,
Citation InformationIris Xiaohong Quan and H. Chesbrough. "Hierarchical Segmentation of R&D Process and Intellectual Property Protection: Evidence from Multinational R&D labs in China" IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management Vol. 57 Iss. 1 (2010)
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