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The impact of technology complexity on the financial performance of R&D projects: evidence from Singapore

Sarah Cheah (), Cristiano Bellavitis () and Alessandro Muscio
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Sarah Cheah: NUS Business School
Cristiano Bellavitis: University of Auckland

The Journal of Technology Transfer, 2021, vol. 46, issue 2, No 8, 458 pages

Abstract: Abstract Prior empirical research is inconclusive in determining whether technology complexity influences the financial performance of research commercialization projects and how various types of organizational resources contribute to performance. We analyse research commercialization projects involving the collaboration between public research institutes and private firms in Singapore. We examine how the technology complexity of these collaborative projects impacts their financial performance, measured by the licensing fees generated. In addition, we determine how human, financial, network and senior management resources moderate the relationship between technology complexity and financial performance of the projects. Our results indicate that the relationship is inverted U-shaped and moderated by project resources. We find that PRI-firm projects with higher human, network and senior management resources are better positioned to cope with complex technologies. However, investing abundant resources in low complexity technologies reduces the financial performance of projects. Surprisingly, financial resources do not have any significant moderating effect. Our findings are relevant to scholars investigating research commercialization and academic entrepreneurship.

Keywords: Technology complexity; Performance; Singapore; Public research institution; Academic entrepreneurship (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: M10 O31 O32 O34 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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