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Innovation Trajectories in Developing Countries: Co-evolution of Global Value Chains and Innovation Systems

Innovation Trajectories in Developing Countries: Co-evolution of Global Value Chains and Innovation Systems

Innovation Trajectories in Developing Countries: Co-evolution of Global Value Chains and Innovation Systems

In this article co-authored with Rasmus Lema and Padmashree Sampath, we investigate how combining global value chain and innovation system approaches can help to foster an understanding of the possible trajectories that learning and innovation may take in developing countries.

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Do Global Value Chains Offer Developing Countries Learning and Innovation Opportunities?

Do Global Value Chains Offer Developing Countries Learning and Innovation Opportunities?

Do Global Value Chains Offer Developing Countries Learning and Innovation Opportunities?

With Valentina De Marchi and Elisa Giuliani I published an article in the European Journal of Development Research. The paper offers s a systematic review of the literature on developing country GVCs to investigate the learning channels used by local firms, both within (firm level, collective level) and outside of these value chains (i.e. external sources of learning), and the extent to which this activity promotes innovation.

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Chinese investments in Europe: corporate strategies and labour relations

Chinese investments in Europe: corporate strategies and labour relations

Chinese investments in Europe: corporate strategies and labour relations

With Vito Amendolagine I have contributed to this book edited by Jan Drahokoupil and published by ETUI with a chapter on Chinese Foreign Direct Investments in the European Union.

Here you can download the full book and here is the link to my chapter.

Exploring Firm-Level Innovation and Productivity in Developing Countries: The Perspective of Caribbean Small States

Exploring Firm-Level Innovation and Productivity in Developing Countries: The Perspective of Caribbean Small States

Exploring Firm-Level Innovation and Productivity in Developing Countries: The Perspective of Caribbean Small States

With Winston Moore and Andrea Presbitero I have contributed to this book with a chapter on The Gender Gap in the Caribbean: The Performance of Women-Led Firms. The paper shows that women-managed firms are in fact less productive than other comparable firms.

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Clusters in the Caribbean: Understanding their Characteristics, Defining Policies for their Development

Clusters in the Caribbean: Understanding their Characteristics, Defining Policies for their Development

Clusters in the Caribbean: Understanding their Characteristics, Defining Policies for their Development

With Elisa Giuliani, I have published a IADB Discussion Paper discussing clusters in the Caribbean. A desk review of 32 clusters distributed across the Caribbean identifying three groups of clusters are identified: rising, innovative, and sluggish.

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Gradual catch up and enduring leadership in the global wine industry

Gradual catch up and enduring leadership in the global wine industry

Gradual catch up and enduring leadership in the global wine industry

In this article co-authored with Andrea Morrison, we investigate the different catch-up cycles in the global wine sector between 1960 and 2010. Changes in demand opened the first window of opportunity for latecomers, who gradually caught up via path-creating strategies. Incumbents maintained their leadership by aligning their wines to current demand patterns. The entry of China in the wine market can open up a new catch-up cycle.

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Do Chinese State-Owned and private Enterprises Differ in their Internationalization Strategies?

Do Chinese State-Owned and private Enterprises Differ in their Internationalization Strategies?

5 most highly cited in China Economic Review, 27: 312-325

The article is co-authored with Alessia Amighini and Marco Sanfilippo.

We empirically analyse the host country determinants of Chinese outward foreign direct investments (FDI) for the years 2003 to 2011, using disaggregated data by country and industry. Our aim is to assess the relevance of market seeking, resource seeking and strategic asset-seeking motivations as suggested by the theory on host country determinants of FDI.

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Global Value Chains Meet Innovation Systems: Are There Learning Opportunities for Developing Countries?

Global Value Chains Meet Innovation Systems: Are There Learning Opportunities for Developing Countries?

Top Cited in World Development 9(7): 1261-1269

The article is written with Carlo Pietrobelli.

The Innovation Systems (IS) literature tends not to emphasize the crucial impact of international knowledge and innovation exchange and collaboration through, for example, inter-firm and intra-firm networks and Global Value Chains (GVC). In developing countries this aspect is crucial, with integration in GVC playing a growing and very important role in accessing knowledge and enhancing learning and innovation.

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Credit Access in Latin American Enterprises

Credit Access in Latin American Enterprises

A chapter co-authored with Andrea Presbitero on firm access to bank credit in Latin America was published in Firm Innovation and Productivity in Latin America and the Caribbean: The Engine of Economic Development edited by Matteo Grazzi and Carlo Pietrobelli. The paper is also published in Economic Notes.

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Regional strategic assets and the location strategies of emerging countries’ multinationals in Europe

Regional strategic assets and the location strategies of emerging countries’ multinationals in Europe

European Planning Studies, 24(4): 645-667

This article is co-authored with Riccardo Crescenzi and Carlo Pietrobelli

This paper explores the location strategies of multinational enterprises (MNEs) from emerging countries (EMNEs) in search for regional strategic assets.The empirical results suggest that EMNEs are attracted by the availability of technological competences only when their subsidiaries pursue more sophisticated and technology-intensive activities.

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Chinese and Indian Multinationals: A Firm-level Analysis of their Investments in Europe

Chinese and Indian Multinationals: A Firm-level Analysis of their Investments in Europe

Global Economic Review, 44, 4: 452-469

This article is co-authored with Vito Amendolagine and Claudio Cozza

We study Chinese and Indian multinationals investing in Europe investigating their identity, their characteristics and the association between their features and their international strategies. In relation to the mode of entry, we find that greenfield investments are a more likely option for large-sized companies. Moreover a high propensity for innovation is associated with a high probability to enter with an acquisition and with technological asset-seeking investments.

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Is Co-Invention Expediting Technological Catch Up? A Study of Collaboration between Emerging Country Firms and EU Inventors

Is Co-Invention Expediting Technological Catch Up? A Study of Collaboration between Emerging Country Firms and EU Inventors

World Development 77, 16: 192-205

The article is co-authored with Elisa Giuliani and Arianna Martinelli

Growing internationalization constitutes an opportunity for technological catch up. In this paper we analyze Brazilian, Indian, and Chinese cross-border inventions with EU-27 inventors. Our results suggest that these inventions represent an opportunity for emerging country firms to accumulate technological capabilities, access frontier knowledge, and appropriate the property rights of co-inventions.

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