Network Recombination, Bridging Institutions, and Firm Upgrading: Building Collective Knowledge Resources in Emerging Markets < Back

How does the interaction between MNC subsidiaries and local innovation systems help or hinder emerging market firms to capture spillovers and improve their upgrading capabilities? Key barriers for developing countries are their weak institutions and dysfunctional social capital. We offer an alternative view of firm learning and institutions by combining insights from historical institutionalism and network analysis. Using unique survey data of Argentine autoparts suppliers, we argue that firms gain improved access to diverse applied knowledge via ties to even resource poor non-market institutions that act as social and knowledge bridges between isolated producer communities.

Speaker: Professor Gerry McDermott, University of South Carolina

Coordinator: Professor Govert Vroom

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