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Does venture capital help to promote open innovation practice? Evidence from China

Rui Yi (Business School, Xiangtan University, Xiangtan, China)
Haojun Wang (School of Business Administration, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China) (Business School, Xiangtan University, Xiangtan, China)
Bei Lyu (Business School, Henan University, Kaifeng, China) (School of Economics and Management, Huaibei Normal University, Huaibei, China) (Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK) (Chinese Graduate School, Panyapiwat Institute of Management, Nonthaburi, Thailand)
Qinghua Xia (School of Economics and Management, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China)

European Journal of Innovation Management

ISSN: 1460-1060

Article publication date: 14 June 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The study aims to empirically study the effect of venture capital on open innovation of China's enterprises.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper selects China's A-share listed companies on the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) board and the Growth Enterprise Market from 2014 to 2018 as research samples to empirically study the effect of venture capital on open innovation of China's enterprises.

Findings

The authors find that venture capital can significantly promote open innovation of enterprises. This promoting effect is more significant when the venture capital institutions have profounder industry experience, higher shareholding ratio and are syndicated. Further research finds that venture capital mainly promotes open innovation through three mechanisms: increasing monetary funds, improving absorptive capacity and strengthening executive incentives, and the effect of venture capital on open innovation is significantly different under the conditions of different regions, industries and property rights.

Originality/value

This paper not only reveals the effect of venture capital on enterprises' open innovation and the specific mechanism, but also provides empirical evidence for emerging economies to build a national innovation ecosystem and make use of capital markets to accelerate innovation strategies.

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Acknowledgements

Funding: This study is part of the Project of Hunan Provincial Natural Science Foundation named Knowledge Management Practice and Open Innovation Performance of SMES in digital economy (2020JJ4592), Project of National Social and Scientific Fund Program named Research on the Structural Contradictions of China's Science and Technology System and its Reform Strategy and Path (18VSJ058) and Key Project of National Social and Scientific Fund Program named Research on Cost Sharing Mechanism and Effect of Technology Innovation (20AJY003). The start-up funding for Ph.D. scientific research of Huaibei Normal University of China (No. 03106098)

Citation

Yi, R., Wang, H., Lyu, B. and Xia, Q. (2021), "Does venture capital help to promote open innovation practice? Evidence from China", European Journal of Innovation Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/EJIM-03-2021-0161

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