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Abandoning Innovation Projects, Filing Patent Applications and Receiving Foreign Direct Investment in R&D

Li, Rebecca Yu and Yan, Ji and Yao, Nengzhi and Tian, Kun and Xia, Senmao and Yang, Xiao-hui and Xiong, Yu (2022) 'Abandoning Innovation Projects, Filing Patent Applications and Receiving Foreign Direct Investment in R&D.' Technovation, 114. p. 102435. ISSN 0166-4972

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Abstract

Foreign direct investment in R&D is one of the popular channels indigenous firms use to upgrade their technological capacities and improve market intelligence following innovation setbacks. Firms often employ various signals to secure higher levels of foreign direct investment in R&D. However, the majority of the research on this topic focuses on the role of positive rather than negative signals. Firms are generally conservative about communicating negative information regarding their innovation projects to guard against competition and managerial performance appraisal concerns. Drawing on signaling theory, this study investigates the impact of a negatively valenced signal – the experience of abandoning innovation projects – on attracting foreign direct investment in R&D. Moreover, although firms are known to send multiple signals simultaneously, little is known about how the interactions between oppositely valenced signals (specifically, the experience of abandoning innovation projects, which is a negative signal, and the filing of patent applications, which is a positive signal) affect foreign direct investment in R&D. A study of 11,354 Spanish firms from the Spanish Technological Innovation Panel during the period of 2008–2015 found that the experience of abandoning innovation projects has a positive effect on foreign direct investment in R&D. However, this positive effect is weakened by patent applications due to the signaling of conflicting messages. These results have important theoretical and practical implications for the advancement of signaling theory and the management of innovation setbacks.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Abandoned innovation; signaling theory; negative signals; multiple signals; patent applications; foreign direct investment in R&D
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2021 12:59
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2022 11:47
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/31714

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