Faculty Scholarship 1994 - Present

R&D Intensity, Export Activity, and Firm Performance:A Comparative Study of American and Chinese Firms

In this study, we examine whether R&D intensity and export intensity lead to better performance in American and Chinese companies. Both market and accounting-based measures of performance are employed for a sample of 315 American and 295 Chinese companies across various industries. The findings, based on a longitudinal study of firms 20 different industries over a 4-year period, indicate that American and Chinese firms' performance relates to investment in research and development and the intensity of exporting. These results lend support for the theories of resource-based view of firms' and internationalization.