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Determinants of R&D cooperation in small and medium-sized enterprises

  • Hyunbae Chun


  • Sung-Bae Mun


We investigate the determinants of R&D cooperation in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Using firm-level data from the 2002 Korean Innovation Survey and applying a probit model with sample selection, we find that incoming spillovers of knowledge have a significant and positive impact on SMEs¡¯ decisions to engage in R&D cooperation. In particular, the effect of knowledge spillovers on R&D cooperation is much larger for smaller firms. Despite the importance of external knowledge for SMEs, the estimation results suggest that SMEs may be at a disadvantage in establishing external R&D linkages because of their absolute size limitations.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Small Business Economics.

Volume (Year): 39 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 (September)
Pages: 419-436

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Handle: RePEc:kap:sbusec:v:39:y:2012:i:2:p:419-436
DOI: 10.1007/s11187-010-9312-5
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