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An Analysis of R & D Activities in North East England Manufacturing Firms: The Results of a Sample Survey


  • A. J. Dixon
  • H. R. Seddi


DIXON A. J. and SEDDIGHI H. R. (1996) An analysis of R & D activities in North East England manufacturing firms: the results of a sample survey, Reg. Studies 30, 287-294. A survey of over 400 firms was carried out to investigate the effect of a number of variables upon R & D activities within North East manufacturing firms. Firms were asked to provide information regarding their characteristics and R & D activities. A descriptive analysis is supplemented by statistical tests of the variables concerned. The results concerning firm size, export intensity and industrial sector were consistent with previous studies. Ownership and date of establishment were found to have no relationship with R & D activities. A multivariate logit probability model is then utilized to generate the predicted probability of a firm undertaking R & D. DIXON A. J. et SEDDIGHI H. R. (1996) Une analyse des activites de R et D des entreprises industrielles situees dans le nord-est de l'Angleterre: les resultats d'une enquete par sondage, Reg. Studies 30, 287-294. Une enquete de plus de 400 entreprises a ete menee afin d'etudier l'impact d'un nombre de variables sur les activites de R et D au sein des entreprises industrielles situees dans le nord-est de l'Angleterre. On avait demande aux entreprises de fournir de l'information concernant leurs caracteristiques et leurs activites de R et D. Une analyse descriptive est completee par des tests statistiques des variables en question. Les resultats a propos de la taille de l'entreprise, de sa vocation exportatrice et de son secteur industriel correspondent a ceux des etudes anterieures. Il s'est avere que la propriete et la date de naissance de l'entreprise n'avaient rien a voir avec les activites de R et D. Un modele de probabilite du type logit a plusieurs variables se voit utiliser pour generer la probabilite qu'une entreprise fait de la R et D. DIXON A. J. and SEDDIGHI H. R. (1996) Eine Analyse der Forschungs-und Entwicklungstatigkeit herstellender Firmen in Nordostengland: Ergebnisse einer Stichprobe, Reg. Studies 30, 287-294. Es wurde eine Umfrage unter mehr als 400 Firmen ausgefuhrt, um die Auswirkung einer Anzahl verschiedener Faktoren auf Forschungs- und Entwicklungstatigkeit in herstellenden Firmen im Nordosten Englands zu untersuchen. Die Firmen wurden gebeten, Angaben uber ihre typischen Merkmale sowie ihre Forschungs-und Entwicklungstatigkeit zu machen. Eine descriptive Analyse wird mit statistischen Tests der betreffenden Veranderlichen erganzt. Die Ergebnisse bezuglich Firmengrosse, Exportintensitat und Industriesektor stimmten mit denen fruherer Untersuchungen uberein. Grundungsdatum und Identitat des Eigentumers einer Firma erwiesen sich als irrelevant fur ihre Tatigkeit auf dem Gebiete der Forschung und Entwicklung. Ein vielfaltiges Logit-Wahrscheinlichkeitsmodell wird sodann dazu benutzt, die Vorhersage der Wahrscheinlichkeit aufzustellen, mit der eine Firma Forschung und Entwicklung in Angriff nehmen wird.

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  • A. J. Dixon & H. R. Seddi, 1996. "An Analysis of R & D Activities in North East England Manufacturing Firms: The Results of a Sample Survey," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 30(3), pages 287-294.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:30:y:1996:i:3:p:287-294
    DOI: 10.1080/00343409612331349638

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