Seminar "Offshoring of R&D activities by Multinational Corporations"

2017-04-22 11:58:51

Assylbek Nurgabdeshov (announcement)

Dear students, faculty and staff, Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business invites you to Research Seminar


by Assylbek Nurgabdeshov


Offshoring of high value activities is a comparatively recent phenomenon that has become increasingly significant in the last two decades (Manning et al. 2008). According to international business theories, companies must keep control of their high value activities, such as research and development (R&D) and information technology (IT), that give them competitive advantage over other firms (Blinder, 2006; Farrell, 2005a). However, these high value activities have become more geographically dispersed in recent decades (Contractor, Kumar, Kundu, & Pedersen, 2010). Cross-fertilization of technologies across disciplines and recent technological diversification of companies, which are accepted as the latest shift in the technological revolution and techno-economic paradigm, have stimulated the process of R&D offshoring (Narula, 2001). Improvement in the institutional environments and government policies in emerging countries, fierce competition in the global market, and increase in costs and risks of doing R&D in developed countries are a few factors that have influenced the offshoring of R&D activities. According to Contractor et al. (2010), the determinants that have led to the increase in offshoring of R&D activities are improvements in information communication technologies (ICT) as well as in social and economic resources, which have provided better infrastructure in host countries. Increased uniformity in international patenting has also played an important role in offshoring of R&D activities. This research attempts to extend the current understanding of the R&D offshoring process with specific focus on determinants of location choice for R&D activities. The literature dealing with the determinants of location choice is largely fragmented and hence this thesis attempts to integrate the different prevailing perspectives. Based on transactional cost economics, resource-based view and eclectic paradigm, this thesis adopts a multi-level approach to examine country, firm and project level factors of location choice decision.


Assylbek Nurgabdeshov is a Dean (Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences) at Suleyman Demirel University. He has Ph.D in Management, The University of Sheffield (2003), MBA, Middle EastTechnicalUniversity (2010), MSc in Economics, Istanbul Sehir University (2011). Recent research interests have been focused around the internationalization, outsourcing and offshoring of R&D activities, National Innovation System (NIS) and Innovation strategy for emerging countries.

WHEN: Friday, April 21st, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

WHERE: Block C3 (GSB/GSPP Building), 3rd floor, Room 3038