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Innovation offshoring : Asia's emerging role in global innovation networks

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Title:Innovation offshoring : Asia's emerging role in global innovation networks
Authors:Ernst, Dieter
LC Subject Headings:Industrial management--Technological innovations--Asia.
Offshore outsourcing--Asia.
Business networks--Asia.
Globalization--Economic aspects--Asia.
Electronic industries--Asia.
show 2 moreTechnological innovations--Economic aspects--Asia.
Technological innovations--Economic aspects--United States.
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Date Issued:2006
Publisher:Honolulu : East-West Center
Series:East-West Center special reports ; no. 10
Abstract:Most analysts agree that critical ingredients for economic growth, competitiveness, and welfare in the United States have been policies that encourage strong investment in research and development (R&D) and innovation. In addition, there is a general perception that technological innovation must be based in the United States to remain a pillar of the American economy. Over the past decade, however, the rise of Asia as an important location for "innovation offshoring" has begun to challenge these familiar notions. Based on original research, this report demonstrates that innovation offshoring is driven by profound changes in corporate innovation management as well as by the globalization of markets for technology and knowledge workers. U.S. companies are at the forefront of this trend, but Asian governments and firms are playing an increasingly active role as promoters and new sources of innovation.
Innovation offshoring has created a competitive challenge of historic proportions for the United States, requiring the nation to respond with a new national strategy. This report recommends that such a strategy include the following elements:
1. Improve access to and collection of innovation-related data to inform the national policy debate; 2. Address "home-made" causes of innovation offshoring by sustaining and building upon existing strengths of the U.S. innovation system; 3. Support corporate innovation by (1) providing tax incentives to spur early-state investments in innovation start-ups and (2) reforming the U.S. patent system so it is more accessible to smaller inventors and innovators; and 4. Upgrade the U.S. talent pool of knowledge workers by (1) providing incentives to study science and engineering, (2) encouraging the development of management, interpretive, cross-cultural, and other "soft" capabilities, and (3) encouraging immigration of highly skilled workers.
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Pages/Duration:48 p.
Appears in Collections: East-West Center Special Reports

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