Acquisitions by Chinese firms have increased markedly in recent years. So far, we know little about the effects of these acquisitions on the acquirer’s innovation performance. Our paper focuses on two interrelated research questions. First, to what extent can Chinese firms increase their patent output following an acquisition? Second, which factors influence the post-acquisition patent output? Using a comprehensive dataset of 697 publicly listed Chinese firms in the manufacturing sector that conducted 1545 acquisitions from 2000 to 2012, we find no significant overall effect of acquisitions on patent output. However, we find that several acquisition-specific factors have a positive effect on the post-acquisition patent output (e.g., size of the acquired knowledge base, relatedness of the acquired knowledge base, cross-border acquisitions). Our study extends prior research on post-acquisition innovation performance to the context of Chinese acquirers.

Absorptive capacity, Acquisitions, Catch-up, China, Innovation, Patents, State-owned enterprises
International Business Administration (jel M16), Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes (jel O33), Intellectual Property Rights: National and International Issues (jel O34), Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions: General (jel P30),
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Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Erasmus University

Fisch, C.O, Block, J.H, & Sandner, P.G. (2018). The impact of acquisitions on Chinese acquirers’ innovation performance. Z f B, 1–29. doi:10.1007/s11573-018-0905-9