Department of International Economics, Government and Business

Professor with special responsibilities

Room: POR/24.A-3.53

I completed a PhD in Science and Technology Policy (University of Sussex-SPRU) and a Habilitation in Economics (University of Bremen). My research is at the intersection of international business, economic geography and innovation. Current work deals with the internationalization of R&D by European multinational firms as well as the global diffusion of artificial intelligence (AI) related technologies. I am contributing to the research network on the "Dynamics of Innovation Systems: Perspectives, influences and operationalization" (German Science Foundation), the collaborative research project “AI in China – Data, methods and sector applications” (Sino-Danish-Center) as well as the European PhD Network on the “Economics of Innovation, AI and data science applications”. At the department, my research is part of the principal focus area “International Business” and relates to the societal themes of “Technological change and digital transformation” as well as “Emerging markets and rise of Asia”. I am Visiting Fellow at the John H. Dunning Centre for International Business at the University of Reading (United Kingdom) and Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (South Africa).

Primary research areas
  • Internationalization of R&D and innovation
  • Technology upgrading in emerging economies
  • Diffusion of AI technologies
Administrative tasks

Academic Programme Director: BSc in Business, Asian Language and Culture - International Business in Asia (IBA)

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I offer supervision at all levels (BA, MA, PhD) on the following subjects: FDI and economic development; determinants and effects of inward/outward FDI, technological development in emerging economies; R&D internationalization; effects of offshoring & outsourcing; governance of global value chains (GVCs); economic and social upgrading in GVCs, CSR in GVCs.

Selected publications

Dominguez Lacasa, I., Jindra, B., Radosevic, S. (2018) Introduction to Special Issue: Technology Upgrading and Innovation in Emerging Economies, International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, Vol. 10 (3/4), pp. 195-202.

Dominguez Lacasa, I., Jindra, B., Radosevic, S. and Shubbak, M. (2018) Paths of Technology Upgrading in the BRICS economies, Research Policy,

Burger, A., Jindra, B., Marek, P., Rojec, M. (2018) Functional Upgrading and Value Capture of Multinational Subsidiaries, Journal of International Management,

Beugelsdijk, S. and Jindra, B. (2018) Product Innovation and Decision-making Autonomy in Multinational Subsidiaries, Journal of World Business,

Dettmann, E., Lacasa, I. D., Günther, J., Jindra, B. (2016) The Importance of Localized Related Variety for International Diversification of Corporate Technology. Regional Studies,

Santangelo, G., Meyer, KE, Jindra, B. (2016) MNE subsidiaries’ outsourcing and insourcing of R&D: The role of local institutions, Global Strategy Journal,

Jindra, B., Cantner, U., Hassan, S.S. (2016) What does location choice reveal about knowledge-seeking strategies of emerging market multinationals in the EU?, International business Review,

Publications List
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Ann Hipp; Björn Jindra; Kehinde Medase / Nothing New in the East? : New Evidence on Productivity Effects of Inventions in the GDR.
Bremen : Universität Bremen 2023, 41 p. (Bremen Papers on Economics & Innovation, No. 2301)
Working paper > peer review
Guowei Dong; Björn Jindra; Ari Kokko / Technology Upgrading in Chinese Manufacturing : A Cross-industry Perspective.
In: International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, Vol. 14, No. 4, 2022, p. 341-379
Journal article > peer review
Björn Jindra; Matheus Leusin / The Development of Digital Sustainability Technologies by Top R&D Investors
Luxembourg : Publications Office of the European Union 2022, 96 p.
Report > peer review
Matheus Eduardo Leusin; Björn Jindra; Daniel Hain / AI’s Local Patterns of Innovation
Paper presented at DRUID21 Conference, 2021
Paper > peer review
Matheus Eduardo Leusin; Jutta Günther; Björn Jindra; Martin G. Moehrle / Patenting Patterns in Artificial Intelligence : Identifying National and International Breeding Grounds.
In: World Patent Information, Vol. 62, 9.2020
Journal article > peer review
Iciar Dominguez Lacasa; Björn Jindra; Slavo Radosevic; Mahmood Shubbak / Paths of Technology Upgrading in the BRICS economies
In: Research Policy, Vol. 48, No. 1, 2.2019, p. 262-280
Journal article > peer review
Björn Jindra; Faith Hatani; Thomas Steger; Johannes Hiemer / Social Upgrading and Cooperative Corporate Social Responsibility in Global Value Chains : The Case of Fairphone in China.
In: Global Networks: A Journal of Transnational Affairs, Vol. 19, No. 3, 7.2019, p. 371-393
Journal article > peer review
Anže Burger; Björn Jindra; Philipp Marek; Matija Rojec / Functional Upgrading and Value Capture of Multinational Subsidiaries
In: Journal of International Management, Vol. 24, No. 2, 6.2018, p. 108-122
Journal article > peer review
Björn Jindra; Matija Rojec / How to Increase Knowledge Spillovers from Foreign Direct Investment in new EU Member States
In: Teorija in Praksa, Vol. 55, No. 3, 2018, p. 645-665
Journal article > peer review
Iciar Dominguez Lacasa; Björn Jindra; Slavo Radosevic / Introduction
In: International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, Vol. 10, No. 3/4, 2018, 8 p., p. 195-202
Editorial > peer review
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Outside activities

2016-ongoing - University of Bremen - 20% Professorship
2021-2022 - 
38 days of research commissioned by European Commission (represented by JRC/B/07)