IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Log in (now much improved!) to save this paper

R&D Strategy-Makings in Japanese Large Firms: Evidence from Questionnaire Survey

Listed author(s):
  • Noriyuki Doi


    (School of Economics, Kwansei Gakuin University)

The paper presents the findings from a questionnaire sent to senior corporate staff members. Some major features of the R&D strategy-makings among Japanese large firms are summarized as follows: (1) Japanese large firms undertake R&D activity, relatively independently of capital market pressures; (2) Recent strategic emphasis of R&D is toward product innovations rather than toward process innovations; (3) Emphasis in the sourcing of new technologies is on in-house development and joint R&D ventures with customers and suppliers. In particular, many of large firms undertake joint research with small- and mediumsized firms; (4) R&D is largely marketing-driven. Firms are concerned with rivals' behavior, but the influences of pressures from rivals may be modest; (5) Firms tend to focus on a limited number of R&D projects; (6) Large firms do not apply all of the new inventions for patents. But, firms place much importance on international patent applications; (7) There are some differences in perception to R&D strategy-makings between technological and administrative respondents, reflecting the difference in viewpoint and responsibility.

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

File URL:
File Function: First version, 1996
Download Restriction: no

Paper provided by School of Economics, Kwansei Gakuin University in its series Discussion Paper Series with number 10.

in new window

Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: Apr 1996
Date of revision: Apr 1996
Handle: RePEc:kgu:wpaper:10
Contact details of provider: Postal:
1-155 Uegahara Ichiban-cho, Nishinomiya, Hyogo 662-8501

Phone: +81-(0)798-546496
Fax: +81-(0)798-510944
Web page:

More information through EDIRC

References listed on IDEAS
Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:

in new window

  1. Zoltan Acs & David Audretsch, 1990. "Innovation and Small Firms," MIT Press Books, The MIT Press, edition 1, volume 1, number 0262011131, July.
  2. Mansfield, Edwin, 1988. "Industrial R&D in Japan and the United States: A Comparative Study," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 78(2), pages 223-228, May.
Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:kgu:wpaper:10. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Toshihiro Okada)

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.