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Centre for Transformative Innovation & Swinburne Law School: Research Seminar

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Date: Thursday 2 March 2017
Venue: Moot Court, TD120, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn Campus

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Offshore production and knowledge sourcing on patenting at home: Evidence from Japanese multinational firms

Dr Nobu Yamashita, RMIT University


This paper examines the effects of both offshore employment and R&D on innovation performance of multinational’s parent firms, using patents as an indicator of innovation. We combine a comprehensive dataset mapping global operation of Japanese multinational firms with the patent statistics culled from the Institute of Intellectual Property (IIP) Patent Database for the period of 1995-2011.

It is found that the increased offshore employment, especially to China would lift up the innovation capacity of parent firms through a within-firm resource allocation channel, while overseas R&D increase the number of worldwide patents applied by Japanese firms.

About the speaker

Nobu is a Senior Lecturer at School of Economics, Finance and Marketing at RMIT University. His main policy-oriented research covers the topics of empirical international economics including globalisation of production and multinational firms in Asia-Pacific (mainly, Japan, China, India and ASEAN countries). His outreach activities include research consulting for several international organisations such as the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (UN-ESCAP) in Bangkok, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila, ADB Institute (ADBI) in Tokyo, and the Economics Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asian countries (ERIA) in Jakarta.

In addition, Nobu has obtained several research awards, including the J.G. Crawford Award, ANU in 2008, the Dean’s Research Award at La Trobe University in 2012, and the Japan Foundation Fellowship in 2014.

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