Internationalisation of European ICT activities


Starting date: 1 July 2005
Duration: 10 months

Objectives: The objective of the study was to develop theoretical and practical understanding of the dynamics of internationalisation of ICT industry in the European Union, to compile data on the internationalisation of ICT activities in EU, and to outline theoretically and empirically sound policy alternatives for promoting research, competitiveness and job creation in EU.

Description: The study reviewed literature on economic, organisational, management, and innovation research, and other potentially relevant research approaches. It also compiled and analysed data on internationalisation of ICT-related activities in the EU-25 countries. Moreover, the study discussed illustrative in-depth case examples that highlight the practical contexts where ICT firms make decisions to locate their activities. It further highlighted emerging trends and describe policy instruments and approaches used in different countries to attract foreign investments and research and development activities in the ICT domain. Finally, the study also discussed the impact of policies that potentially restrict internationalisation, such as defence and security related technology development.

Policy relevance

It is important to understand the implications of the new ICT-enabled mode of globalisation. Solid policy debates require that we have good knowledge of the ongoing internationalisation developments on the empirical level. In addition, we need conceptual models that allow us to understand the dynamics of internationalisation and areas where policy may be useful or necessary. New innovative research methods and approaches may be required for accurately capturing policy relevant developments in this rapidly evolving research domain.


  • Maastricht Economic Research Institute of Innovation and Technology (NL)
  • Europäisches Institut für Internationale Wirtschaftsbeziehungen (D)
  • Arc systems research gmbH (A)


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Project Leader: Martin Ulbrich
Action Leader: Marc.Bogdanowicz(at)