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The Role of Collaboration Breadth Attributes in Research Project and Innovation: The Example of National Funded Projects in China

Zhenhua Yang (Alamo) and Yanmei Xu
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Zhenhua Yang (Alamo): School of Economics and Management, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China
Yanmei Xu: School of Economics and Management, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China

Sustainability, 2021, vol. 13, issue 3, 1-16

Abstract: Collaboration is regarded as an effective approach to improve the efficiency of research resources and reduce risks in innovation activities. Collaboration breadth is an important feature of collaborative extent. Therefore, it is necessary to analyse its role between R&D subsidy and innovation and to explore its direct and indirect ties to innovation. The paper is based on government-funded research projects, and the results show that R&D subsidy and collaboration breadth of organizations have positive direct effect on innovation output. Meanwhile, R&D subsidy has positive effect to collaboration breadth. However, the linkage of collaboration breadth of researchers on innovation output is uncertainty. That is, the direct effect is positive, while the indirect effect is negative. It may suggest that collaboration breadth of researchers and innovation output may be affected by other factors, such as knowledge sharing or diffusion. Our contribution is to extend the theory of collaboration breadth and to suggest discussion of the role of knowledge in collaboration breadth.

Keywords: collaboration breadth; innovation output; R&D subsidy; research projects (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O13 Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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