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The Management of Multinational R&D: A Neglected Topic in International Business Research

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Despite the growing involvement of multinational firms in foreign-based R&D during the past fifteen years, little research has been done on why and how firms internationalize their R&D and what effects it might have on firm competitiveness. The present paper calls attention to this neglect and seeks to advance the management of multinational R&D as an area of study for international business scholars. To this end, the paper first examines the key contributing factors to increased foreign R&D investments among multinationals. It then reviews the research literature to find out what we presently know about the management of multinational R&D. Finally, a research agenda is proposed to provide a foundation and stimulus for future investigations. Seven research directions are recommended, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary inquiry and a focus on issues that have both theoretical and practical significance.

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*Joseph L. C. Cheng (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is an Associate Professor of International Business and Management at The Ohio State University. His current research focuses on strategy and organization design for global firms and the management of multinational R&D. He has previously published in Advances in International Comparative Management, Management International Review, Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, and Human Relations, among others.

**Douglas S. Bolon is an instructor and doctoral candidate in the Management Department at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His research interests include organizational citizenship behaviors, organizational commitment, corporate cultures, and international human resource management.

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Cheng, J., Bolon, D. The Management of Multinational R&D: A Neglected Topic in International Business Research. J Int Bus Stud 24, 1–18 (1993).

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