Specific knowledge and technical efficiency of watch and clock nanufacturing firms in China

Wu, Zai Bin, Yeung, Godfrey, Mok, Vincent and Han, Zhaozhou (2007) Specific knowledge and technical efficiency of watch and clock nanufacturing firms in China. International Journal of Production Economics, 107 (2). pp. 317-332. ISSN 0925-5273

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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

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Depositing User: Godfrey Yeung
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2013 12:49
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2013 12:49
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/11594
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