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Patent Propensity in Small Technology‐based Firms: Evidence from Zhongguancun Science Park

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  • Delin Yang
  • Xibao Li
  • Jiagui Chen

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Using a survey administered in Zhongguancun Science Park in Beijing, China, this paper investigates the impact of R&D personnel‐related intellectual property management practices on the patent propensity of small technology‐based firms. It is found that R&D personnel‐related management practices, including training and reward mechanisms, are effective in enhancing a firm's willingness to patent. In particular, we find that reward mechanisms can negatively moderate the effect of size on a firm's willingness to patent. One implication that emerged from the analysis is that a small firm can counteract its size disadvantage in patenting by introducing a well‐developed reward mechanism.

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  • Delin Yang & Xibao Li & Jiagui Chen, 2010. "Patent Propensity in Small Technology‐based Firms: Evidence from Zhongguancun Science Park," China & World Economy, Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, vol. 18(1), pages 99-116, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:chinae:v:18:y:2010:i:1:p:99-116
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-124X.2010.01183.x
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