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Examining the moderating effect of technology spillovers embedded in the intra- and inter-regional collaborative innovation networks of China

Chongfeng Wang and Gupeng Zhang ()
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Chongfeng Wang: Qingdao University
Gupeng Zhang: University of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Scientometrics, 2019, vol. 119, issue 2, No 1, 593 pages

Abstract: Abstract Innovation network formulated by the collaborations between entities (firms, universities and research institutes) facilitates the technology spillovers, which usually act as a key factor that boosts indigenous innovation capability. This study analyzes the collaborative innovation network from both intra- and inter-regional dimensions. We use the Chinese biomedical patent co-inventing data between entities to construct the intra- and inter-regional collaborative innovation networks, and examine how they generate the spillover effect by moderating the relationship between R&D input and output, as well as how they moderate the technology spillovers from overseas countries. The empirical study shows that collaborative innovation network generates a significant moderating effect on the relationship between R&D personnel and innovation output, while this effect is insignificant for R&D investment. In the intra-regional collaborative innovation network dimension, clustering coefficient and network density generate positive moderating effects by amplifying the positive relationship between R&D personnel and innovation output, network density also positively moderates the correlation between overseas technology spillover and innovation output; In the inter-regional dimension, only the clustering coefficient positively moderates the relationship between R&D personnel and innovation output. Our study is also relevant to policy makers.

Keywords: Technology spillovers; Multi-level network; Collaborative innovation; Moderating effect; Innovation output (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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