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Title: Globalisation of innovation and firm-level transformations in the new economy : A comparative institutional analysis of French and UK multinational corporations
Author: Fikirkoca, Ali
ISNI:       0000 0004 2682 2176
Awarding Body: The University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2004
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The aims of this thesis are: To develop and offer an analytical/theoretical framework to understand the interaction of key factors shaping the innovation process (organisational, institutional and - the often forgotten role of - global political economy factors). To apply our theoretical/analytical framework to the analysis of the new economy sector. To do so with a specific focus on the key role played by the Multinational Corporation (MNC) under the conditions of an ever integrated world economy: firstly by providing an analysis of global industrial conditions coming out of cross-border inter-finn arrangements (mergers, acquisitions and alliances) orchestrated by the MNCs and secondly by analysing the ensuing impact of this participation on the social conditions of innovative enterprise in the case of French and UK MNCs. To provide a better understanding of the new economy phenomenon and the contemporary conditions of innovation process (especially the role of the emerging transnational innovation space). This thesis is organised as following. The first chapter introduces the reader to the discussion and provides an outline of the direction and structure of the thesis which is organised in three parts. The first part of the PhD is concerned with the ideas which will enable us to produce an analysis of the data which will take up the second and third part of the thesis. The first two chapters are concerned with an analysis of the literature on innovation by writers such as Robert Boyer, Carlota Perez, William Lazonick and Richard Whitley. This literature review will address the background on which our argument is based. To highlight the contribution of the innovation process to economic development under the conditions of capitalism (systemic effects). iv To develop a better understanding of the innovation process by depicting the underlying key factors involved (the role of 'necessary impurities') and with a specific focus on the main actor of the innovation process: the firm. To develop an analytical/conceptual model that incorporates all the 'necessary impurities' contributing to the innovation process especially emphasising the often forgotten role of the exogenous factors associated with the global political economy in the innovation process (dominance effects and international institutions). The following chapters will then apply our analytical framework to the analysis of the new economy, in two separate parts, in order to understand the contemporary conditions of the innovation process in an ever-increasingly integrated world economy. The second part of our thesis, will examine criticallly the literature in order to analyse the exogenous (global political economy) factors associated with the emergence of the new economy, shaping the transnational innovation process. This requires firstly the understanding of dominance effects in the new economy (the influence exercised by the US industrial leadership). This in return will require the identification of the social conditions of the inovative enterprise (chapter 4) and the ensuing industrial conditions (chapter 5) of this country as we have previously argued in our theoretical/conceptual model of the innovation process. This will also require the understanding of the international rules of game and the role of the EU and Asia challenging US leadership (chapter 6). This literature review is followed by a methodology chapter, in the third part of our thesis, that will link the theoretical considerations of the literature to methodological concepts. This chapter will be followed by our empirical research. Therefore part three is organised as follows. In chapter 7 we develop a methodology to analyse the global impact of dominance effects in the new economy. v In chapter 8 we analyse the global industrial conditions through an analysis of crossborder inter-finn arrangements (strategic alliances and mergers and acquisitions) of 37 Multinational Corporations that are market leaders in the new economy and that are the primary actors in the transnational economy. In chapter 9 we analyse the social conditions of innovative enterprise in the French and the UK MNCs that are challenged by the dominance effects. We will then conclude our thesis, before outlining the limitations of the PhD and areas for further related research. vi
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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