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Title: Firm-specific knowledge and technical efficiency of watch and clock manufacturing firms in China
Authors: Wu, ZB
Yeung, G
Mok, V 
Han, Z
Keywords: Capital intensity
China
Firm-specific knowledge
Product differentiation
Research and development
Technical efficiency
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: International journal of production economics, 2007, v. 107, no. 2, p. 317-332 How to cite?
Journal: International journal of production economics 
Abstract: This paper tests whether firm-specific knowledge in terms of capital intensity, product differentiation, and research and development contribute to an improvement in firm efficiency. Based on a representative dataset from the watch and clock industry in southern China, the technical efficiency is estimated using a non-parametric data envelopment analysis approach. Through a Tobit model, we investigate whether a firm's specific knowledge influences its efficiency. The results suggest that capital intensity and research and development have a positive effect on the efficiency of the sample firms, and identify their roles of firm-specific knowledge in explaining inter-firm variation in efficiency. However, sample firms with high level of product differentiation were found to have no obvious advantages in efficiency performance.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/18054
ISSN: 0925-5273
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpe.2006.09.010
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