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Regional government R&D investment and innovation performance: the moderating effect of geographical and organizational proximities

Dongyun Zhu (Intellectual Property Research Institute of University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China)
Bingfen Xu (Intellectual Property Research Institute of University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China)

International Journal of Innovation Science

ISSN: 1757-2223

Article publication date: 27 August 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to measure the moderating effect of geographical and organizational proximity by focusing on readily available Chinese regional economic data over a five-year period.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors used multilevel regression analysis to analyze the relationship.

Findings

Results show that increasing government investment in research and development (R&D) can improve innovation performance during this period, organizational proximity and geographic proximity have a positive moderate effect on the relationship between R&D investment and Innovation performance.

Originality/value

This study enriches the existing theories on government innovation input and output from the perspective of regional differences and provides meaningful guidance for current Chinese regional innovation policies.

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Acknowledgements

This research was supported by USTC funding for Featured Liberal Arts (YD2160002007, YD22160002004). At the same time, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to Editor-in-Chief, Prof Trusko, Brett and the two anonymous reviewer for their insightful comments.

Citation

Zhu, D. and Xu, B. (2021), "Regional government R&D investment and innovation performance: the moderating effect of geographical and organizational proximities", International Journal of Innovation Science, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJIS-01-2021-0001

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