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In contrast to R&D agreements, little research has been done on the deployment of internal R&D throughout the world, despite the fact that this can serve as a touchstone for the whole globalisation process. By increasing the density of their own worldwide R&D networks, the major industrial groups are better able to keep abreast of technology in the rest of the world. They benefit from the rapid results achieved by setting up direct scientific exchange projects within the host country. In maintaining their overall commitment to R&D they also preserve their internal training capacity. This report begins with a description of the approach adopted, followed by general observations on industrial R&D, after which the spatial organisation of R&D is examined from historical, geographical, and management perspectives. This is followed by the analysis of responses to a questionnaire sent out to 150 groups in order to determine what role if any R&D plays either in causing or in guaranteeing the globalisation of technology and the economy. The report concludes with a brief description of implications for European science and technology policy.

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Authors: WARRANT F, CEC Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 14694 FR (1993) 134 pp., FS, ECU 16.50
Availability: (2)
ISBN: ISBN 92-826-5653-5
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