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R&D Partnerships and Capability of Innovation of Small and Medium-Sized Firms in Zhongguancun, Beijing: The Power of Proximity

  • Nobuaki Hamaguchi

    (Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration (RIEB), Kobe University, Japan)

  • Yoshihiro Kameyama

    (The International Centre for the Study of East Asian Development (ICSEAD), Japan)

We examine the impact of research partnerships on a firm's own R&D capability along with the context of the importance of geographical proximity using original survey data obtained from small and medium-sized firms in Zhongguancun Science Park (ZSP). This study develops an analytical framework related to the impact of research partnerships on a firm's R&D capability. Results show that research cooperation with universities and research institutes and small and medium-sized firms enhances the R&D capability of individual firms when the partners are located nearby, although distance has no significant effect on cooperation with large firms.

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Paper provided by Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration, Kobe University in its series Discussion Paper Series with number 225.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2008
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Handle: RePEc:kob:dpaper:225
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