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How do foreign R&D units in China manage their Chinese R&D staff? An empirical exploration

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abstract Whereas extant literature has explored the question of why foreign R&D is present in China, we still know almost nothing about how these R&D operations are managed. This applies specifically to the management of Chinese R&D staff who conventionally are not known for their respect of foreign firms’ intellectual property rights (IPR). However, foreign R&D units in China are likely to have developed management techniques to deal with such problems.
In this paper, we engage in qualitative and quantitative exploration of how foreign R&D units in China manage their Chinese R&D staff. For exploration we develop a conceptual framework on the basis of agency theory and the theory of trusted relationships. Our findings show that those R&D units that have developed adequate measures to manage their Chinese R&D staff have succeeded in making Chinese employees loyal to the R&D unit. These results have important implications for both practitioners and future empirical research.
   
type journal paper
   
keywords China, innovation, R&D, global management, multinational firm
   
project New concepts for international R&D: Perspectives from China
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 19-11-2011
journal International Journal of Technology Management
publisher Inderscience Enterprises Ltd. (Genf)
ISSN 0267-5730
ISSN (online) 1741-5276
DOI 10.1504/IJTM.2011.042459
volume of journal 56
number of issue 1
page(s) 73-91
review double-blind review
   
citation Keupp, M. M., & Gassmann, O. (2011). How do foreign R&D units in China manage their Chinese R&D staff? An empirical exploration. International Journal of Technology Management, 56(1), 73-91, DOI:10.1504/IJTM.2011.042459.