Title: Corporate control, location and complexity of ICT R&D: A network analysis at the city level
Citation: URBAN STUDIES vol. 52 no. 4 p. 721-77
Publication Year: 2015
JRC N°: JRC88718
ISSN: 0042-0980
URI: http://usj.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/05/27/0042098014534735
DOI: 10.1177/0042098014534735
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: We study the global system of ICT R&D locations at city level by applying network analysis and profiling R&D locations with respect to technological complexity. We analyse how the position of a city in the network interacts with the level of its technological complexity. The results show that the ownership and location of R&D activities are concentrated. However, cities with high levels of R&D-centre ownership are not necessarily the most important locations of R&D activity. Instead, cities where the corporate control of R&D activities is concentrated play the role of the network hubs. We find that there is a clear relationship between the level of technological complexity and the choice of a city as a location for R&D activity and its role as a network hub. Along with the already established global cities, Chinese cities now occupy key positions in the ICT R&D network.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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