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"The Changing Knowledge Divide in the Global Economy"

The starting point for this project is a fundamental change currently occurring in the way innovation is organised in the developed countries: it tended to be centralised at or near headquarters but is now much more decentralised within the company. Equally if not more significant, innovation activities that used to be carried out in-house by innovating firms themselves are carried out by independent suppliers of knowledge intensive business services, or are transferred to key suppliers. The question driving this project is how this ‘organisational decomposition of the innovation process’ (ODIP) changes the global distribution of innovation of activities. Does it contribute to their global dispersal to the developing world or does it strengthen the existing concentration?

Research Team:

Simone Strambach and Hubert Schmitz (coordinators)
Ruy Quadros, Professor, University of Campinas
Rasmus Lema, DPHIL candidate, Institute of Development Studies
Philipp Oswald, DPHIL candidate, University of Marburg

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