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How R&D originality affects open innovation under knowledge spillovers?

Zongjun Wang (School of Management, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China)
Zhenyu Jiang (School of Management, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China)

European Journal of Innovation Management

ISSN: 1460-1060

Publication date: 26 July 2019



The purpose of this paper is to investigate how R&D originality functions in an open innovation process after the introduction of knowledge spillovers (KSs).


To examine the research framework, the authors use hierarchical regression based on questionnaire data from 211 emerging enterprises in China.


Consistent with the proposed framework, the authors find that the KS effect mediates the positive relationship between openness and innovation performance. In addition, R&D originality weakens the impact of the KS effect on innovation performance.

Research limitations/implications

One limitation is that the questionnaire survey the authors choose for data collection has some natural defects; furthermore, the testing method and research framework need to be improved.

Practical implications

Several implications of the findings for managerial practices are discussed.


First, the research expands the existing theoretical construct by introducing the KS effect into the open innovation process; second, the authors reveal the negative impact of R&D originality on the open innovation process.



This research was supported by National Social Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11&ZD165), Youth Fund Project of Chinese Ministry of Education (Grant No. 18YJC630226) and Huazhong University of Science and Technology Special Funds for Development of Humanities and Social Sciences.


Wang, Z. and Jiang, Z. (2019), "How R&D originality affects open innovation under knowledge spillovers?", European Journal of Innovation Management, Vol. 23 No. 4, pp. 604-628.



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