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DETERMINANTS AND EFFECTS OF RESEARCH PARTNERSHIPS IN CHINA'S EMERGING MARKET

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  • WUBIAO ZHOU

    1. Zhou: Division of Sociology, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 637332, Singapore. Phone 65 6316 8960, Fax 65 6794 6303, E-mail wbzhou@ntu.edu.sg
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    • I am grateful to the editor of this journal, Wade Martin, and an anonymous referee for their helpful comments and suggestions. All remaining errors are mine. This research is partly supported by a Startup Research Grant (SUG 33/06) from the Ministry of Education, Singapore.


Abstract

This study aims to explore the determinants and relative contributions of different types of research partnerships among Chinese firms. Using a large sample of innovating firms, it is found here that factors that determine the needs of the firms for external research and development (R&D) resources and the ability to utilize the knowledge learned through partnerships (i.e., firm size, industrial sectors, internal R&D intensity, and foreign competition) are major antecedents for research partnerships in China. In addition, these factors are found to have different effects on three different types of research partnerships, which, in turn, have different effects on product innovation and patent innovation. (JEL O32)

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