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Title: The interaction between internal R&D and different types of external knowledge sourcing: an empirical study of Chinese innovative firms
Authors: Chen, Yufen
Vanhaverbeke, Wim
Du, Jingshu
Issue Date: 2016
Citation: R & D MANAGEMENT, 46(S3), p. 1006-1023
Abstract: This paper investigates to what extent internal R&D efforts and different types of external knowledge sources jointly affect innovation performance of firms in emerging economies. Based on a survey about external knowledge sourcing activities of Chinese innovative firms, we categorize external knowledge sources into four groups: science-based partners; horizontal connections; value chain partners, and technology service providers. We find that both internal R&D activities and external knowledge sourcing have a positive effect on firms' innovation performance. Strong internal R&D capabilities also increase the effect of sourcing from value chain partners and horizontal connections, but we do not find support for complementarity between internal R&D and collaborations with universities and research labs. These findings jointly suggest that the mixture of different types of external knowledge partners in combination with internal R&D capabilities is crucial in understanding the role of open innovation in emerging economies.
Notes: [Chen, Yufen] Zhejiang Gongshang Univ, Sch Math & Stat, Hangzhou 310018, Zhejiang, Peoples R China. [Vanhaverbeke, Wim] Hasselt Univ, Dept Business Studies, Agoralaan, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium. [Vanhaverbeke, Wim] ESADE Business Sch, Dept Management Informat Syst, Barcelona, Spain. [Vanhaverbeke, Wim] Natl Univ Singapore, Fac Engn, Div Engn & Technol Management, Singapore, Singapore. [Du, Jingshu] Vrije Univ Amsterdam, Management & Org, De Boelelaan 1105, NL-1081 HV Amsterdam, Netherlands. [Du, Jingshu] Vlerick Business Sch, Innovat Management, Vlamingenstr 83, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/22845
DOI: 10.1111/radm.12162
ISI #: 000387214100006
ISSN: 0033-6807
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2017
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