R&D tax credit and operating performance: implications for managers

Asokan Anandarajan (School of Management, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey, USA)
Shuling Chiang (Department of Accounting, Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan)
Picheng Lee (Lubin School of Business, Pace University, New York, New York, USA)

Management Decision

ISSN: 0025-1747

Publication date: 7 September 2010



This paper aims to focus on helping managers understand a factor that stimulates investment in R&D, namely, the R&D tax credit.


The paper uses a sample of firms in Taiwan; the study period is 1999‐2004. Four variables are used to categorize firms in life cycle stages, and these are ranked in a number of ways.


It is found that the R&D tax credit has an influence of operating performance and that the association of R&D tax credit with operating performance is moderated by the stage of the firm in its respective life cycle. This association is also moderated by the size of the firm.

Practical implications

Management perspective, managers of small, older firms with sales that are stagnant or declining will benefit most from the R&D tax credit. Managers of such companies should make a greater effort to negotiate tax credits as they will benefit the most.


The paper adds to the literature on life cycle analysis



Anandarajan, A., Chiang, S. and Lee, P. (2010), "R&D tax credit and operating performance: implications for managers", Management Decision, Vol. 48 No. 8, pp. 1198-1211. https://doi.org/10.1108/00251741011076744

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