Title: Firm size, ownership, industry characteristic and enterprises' R&D behaviour - based on survey to the agricultural leading enterprises of Jiangxi Province

Authors: Kai Hu; Douglas Allen

Addresses: College of Economics and Management, Jiangxi Agricultural University, Nanchang, 330045, China ' Department of Management, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver, Denver, 80210, USA

Abstract: A field survey about R&D behaviour of Jiangxi province agricultural leading enterprises was conducted. R&D behaviour of agricultural leading enterprise was analysed through R&D department setting, R&D intensity, R&D frequency and R&D mode. Most enterprises had set up specific R&D department, adopted independent R&D and cooperative R&D mode, but R&D intensity of vast majority enterprises was at lower level. Only a third of enterprises had continuous R&D activities. Then the correlation between firm size, ownership, industry type and R&D behaviour was analysed. There was a positive and weak correlation between firm size and R&D department setting, R&D intensity, R&D frequency. Ownership and industry type had no significant relation with R&D behaviour.

Keywords: agricultural enterprises; agriculture; R&D behaviour; research and development; firm size; firm ownership; industry type; Jiangxi province; China; R&D department setting; R&D intensity; R&D frequency; R&D mode.

DOI: 10.1504/IJRIC.2017.082302

International Journal of Research, Innovation and Commercialisation, 2017 Vol.1 No.1, pp.112 - 123

Received: 19 May 2015
Accepted: 20 Feb 2016

Published online: 14 Feb 2017 *

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