Asia in the global ICT R&D network

Giuditta De Prato and Daniel Nepelski


In this chapter network analysis is applied to study ICT R&D locations at the country level. A dataset on the location and R&D activity of over 3000 R&D centers belonging to 175 MNEs located in over 50 countries around the world is used to that end. The results show that most of the countries have few R&D connections and are grouped into ‘‘cliques”, linked through network hubs. Hence, not only is R&D activity concentrated in space, but also the nexus of connections between locations is limited. Asia is playing a more and more important role in the ICT R&D network, as Asian countries are increasingly favored as locations for R&D services and sources of R&D ...

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