Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1080/14765284.2014.900946
Title: Technology licensing and innovation performance: evidence from Chinese latecomers in high-tech industries
Authors: Zhao, Y.Y.
Wong, P.K. 
Subramanian, A.M. 
Hang, C.C. 
Keywords: absorptive capacity
inward technology licensing
latecomer
licenses
technology age
Issue Date: 2014
Source: Zhao, Y.Y.,Wong, P.K.,Subramanian, A.M.,Hang, C.C. (2014). Technology licensing and innovation performance: evidence from Chinese latecomers in high-tech industries. Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies 12 (2) : 125-147. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1080/14765284.2014.900946
Abstract: As a catalyst for endogenous technological change, inward technology licensing (ITL) can improve a firm's innovation performance. This paper investigates the effect of learning by licensing and choice of licensed-in technologies on innovation performance. We extend the ITL strategy to the latecomer context, addressing two critical factors: (1) number of licenses and (2) age of licensed-in technology. We hypothesize about the relationship of the licensee's innovation performance with the number of licenses and age of licensed-in technology, as well as the moderating effect of the licensee's absorptive capacity. Based on a sample of 154 Chinese high-tech firms, empirical evidence is found in support of our arguments. This study is the first to consider the significance of the age of licensed-in technology to innovation performance and found that the number of licenses has a curvilinear (an inverted U) relationship with innovation performance. We also confirmed the significant moderating effect of absorptive capacity on the above two relationships. © 2014 The Chinese Economic Association - UK.
Source Title: Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/92844
ISSN: 14765292
DOI: 10.1080/14765284.2014.900946
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