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Sustainable Collaborative Innovation between Research Institutions and Seed Enterprises in China

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College of Management, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu 611130, China
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Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Louisiana State University (LSU) and LSU Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-5604, USA
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College of Public Management, Guizhou University of Finance and Economics, Guiyang 550025, China
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Sustainability 2020, 12(2), 624; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12020624
Received: 19 November 2019 / Revised: 5 January 2020 / Accepted: 9 January 2020 / Published: 15 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
Public research institutions are encouraged to engage in industry sustainable collaboration in China. We develop an analytical framework based on the factor-process-outputs model and use a mechanism model by incorporating four elements (innovation climate, strategic partnership, collaborative mechanism, and the degree of participation) associated with the research institutions and industry collaboration. Using data collected from a face-to-face interview survey of 533 experts located at research institutions in seven Chinese provinces and one municipality who have collaborated with the seed industry, we use a structural equation model to identify important factors that affect innovation behavior. Results show that the innovation climate does not directly affect the participation of research institutions in research industry collaboration; however, it has a direct effect on strategic partnership and the collaborative mechanism. We find that an innovation climate could indirectly influence the participation of research institutions via collaborative mechanism and strategic partnership. Furthermore, strategic partnership and collaborative mechanism are found to moderate the participation behavior of research institutions. Moreover, we find that policy support, knowledge innovation strategies, and resource sharing mechanisms are essential factors for sustainable and effective collaboration. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable collaborative innovation; research institution; innovation climate; collaborative mechanism; strategic partnership; innovation behavior; China sustainable collaborative innovation; research institution; innovation climate; collaborative mechanism; strategic partnership; innovation behavior; China
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Yu, X.; Paudel, K.P.; Li, D.; Xiong, X.; Gong, Y. Sustainable Collaborative Innovation between Research Institutions and Seed Enterprises in China. Sustainability 2020, 12, 624.

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