Discusses the effect of a decentralized approach to research and development facility location in the multinational corporation. Presents the comparative advantages of locating R&D facilities in strategic locations around the world. Examines the commitment required by a corporation to have an effective and flexible international research organization. Suggests that, if a company wants truly to be a “player” in the international marketplace, one that is able to compete on both product quality and cost, a decentralized structure which allows for the establishment of autonomous R&D entities is necessary. Substantial risks are involved. Presents research and actual company histories to suggest that these risks could be offset with benefits from the strategic placement of research and development centres on a worldwide basis.
Ogbuehi, A.O. and Bellas, R.A. (1992), "Decentralized R&D for Global Product Development: Strategic Implications for the Multinational Corporation", International Marketing Review, Vol. 9 No. 5. https://doi.org/10.1108/02651339210020295
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