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


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.

Keywords: research cooperation, spillovers, R&D capability

JEL Classification: O32, R12, R39

Research Institute for Economics and Business Administration
Kobe University
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Yoshihiro KAMEYAMA
The International Centre for the Study of East Asian Development (ICSEAD)