What motivates the engineers to patent? A study at the Chinese R&D laboratories of a European MNC

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Edition Online First Articles
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ISBN/ISSN 1573 7047
Author(s) Blind, Knut
 Potekhina, Anna
Subject(s) Business and Management
Classification NONE
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GMD E-Journal
Language English
Publisher Springer
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Publishing Place Switzerland
Abstract/Notes Abstract Corporate R&D engineers, being usually the initiators of a patent, are important contributors to the patenting performance of their employers. Hence, patenting motives of R&D engineers encompass an interesting and promising research field. However, the literature on patenting motivation of the engineers in the corporate context is scarce. We apply selfdetermination theory on human motivation to investigate patenting motives of a sample of local R&D engineers in China employed by a European-based multi-national corporation. Factor analysis reveals four groups of motives: “reward and recognition”, “reputation and promotion”, “making a contribution” and “interest and sense of achievement”. The results of multiple hierarchical regression show the influence of working climate on “making a contribution” and “interest and sense of achievement” motivation factors. Implications for patent management are discussed. Keywords Patenting motivation · R&D management · Self-determination theory
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