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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine. 2006. Here or There?: A Survey of Factors in Multinational R&D Location -- Report to the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11675.
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REPORT TO THE GOVERNMENT-UNIVERSITY-INDUSTRY RESEARCH ROUNDTABLE

HERE OR THERE ?

A SURVEY OF FACTORS IN MULTINATIONAL R&D LOCATION

Jerry Thursby, Emory University and

Marie Thursby, Georgia Institute of Technology and National Bureau of Economic Research

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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine. 2006. Here or There?: A Survey of Factors in Multinational R&D Location -- Report to the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11675.
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THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES

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GOVERNMENT-UNIVERSITY-INDUSTRY RESEARCH ROUNDTABLE COUNCIL

Marye Anne Fox, Co-Chair, Chancellor,

University of California, San Diego

Lydia Thomas, Co-Chair, President and Chief Executive Officer,

Mitretek Systems, Inc.

Norris Alderson, ex officio,

Associate Commissioner for Science, Food and Drug Administration

Gen. Sam Armstrong (retired), Former Senior Advisor to the Administrator,

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Wanda Austin, Senior Vice President,

National Systems Group, Aerospace Corporation

Arden Bement, ex officio, Director,

National Science Foundation

Ralph Cicerone, ex officio, President,

National Academy of Sciences

Harvey Fineberg, ex officio, President,

Institute of Medicine

Robert Gates, President,

Texas A&M University

Joseph Jen, ex officio, Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics,

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Martin Jischke, President,

Purdue University

Conrad Lautenbacher, ex officio, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere,

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Charles McQueary, ex officio, Under Secretary for Science and Technology,

Department of Homeland Security

John Marburger, ex officio, Director,

Office of Science and Technology Policy

Raymond Orbach, ex officio, Director,

Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy

Lawrence Rhoades, President and CEO,

Ex One Corporation

Ron Sega, ex officio, Director,

Defense Research and Engineering, Office of the Secretary of Defense

Hratch Semerjian, ex officio, Acting Director,

National Institute of Standards and Technology

William Wulf, ex officio, President,

National Academy of Engineering

Elias Zerhouni, ex officio, Director,

National Institutes of Health

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GUIRR STAFF

Merrilea J. Mayo, Director

Tom Arrison, Project Director

Denise Greene, Administrative Coordinator

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Preface and Acknowledgments

The Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR) of the National Academies has a long-standing interest in the globalization of science and engineering and the implications of globalization for the U.S. research enterprise. Since 2002, a GUIRR working group led by Harold H. Schmitz of Mars, Inc., and Robert L. Powell of the University of California at Davis has explored the trend of multinational corporations (MNCs) based in the United States and other developed countries launching research and development (R&D) facilities in emerging economies, primarily in Asia. To further inform its discussions, GUIRR asked Professor Jerry Thursby of Emory University and Professor Marie Thursby of the Georgia Institute of Technology to conduct a survey of MNCs to find out where they are planning to locate R&D facilities in the near future and the factors influencing those location decisions. Jerry and Marie Thursby are presenting their findings as a report to the Roundtable. The statements made in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent positions of the Roundtable or the National Academies.

This project was conducted with generous support from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, as well as the industry partners of GUIRR, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Emory University. Numerous individuals have aided in the design and implementation of this survey, but the authors are particularly indebted to Merrilea Mayo of GUIRR, Ross Armbrecht, former president of the Industrial Research Institute, Andrew Dearing of the European Industrial Research Management Association,

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Harold Schmitz of Mars, Inc., Jean-Lou Chameau of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Tim Ryan of GFK Custom Research, Inc., Peter Kelly of the American Chemical Society, and Paul Roman and the staff of the Center for Research on Behavioral and Human Services Delivery of the University of Georgia.

This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Academies’ Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the authors in making the published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the process.

We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report: Lee Branstetter, Columbia University; Susan Butts, The Dow Chemical Company; Michael Storper, University of California, Los Angeles; and John Walsh, University of Illinois at Chicago. Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the content of the report, nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by Robert Frosch, Harvard University. Appointed by the National Academies, he was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authors and the institution.

Marye Anne Fox

Co-Chair, GUIRR

Lydia Thomas

Co-Chair, GUIRR

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