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Yuchen Gao defended his PhD

Yuchen Gao defended his PhD

Yuchen Gao from Aalborg University Business School defended his thesis "Public R&D Subsidy, Firm-level Behavioral Additionality and Innovation Output in China: A Learning Perspective". Congratulations to Yuchen.

The title of Yuchen Gao's lecture, which took place online via Zoom August 27 due to the Covid-19 situation, was "China’s Innovation Policy: Challenges and Opportunities for SMEs".

Members of the assessment committee were:

  • Professor Ping Lv, (chair) University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 
  • Professor Jizhen Li, Tsinghua University
  • Associate Professor Dmitrij Slepniov, Aalborg University Business School


Public research and development (R&D) subsidy is one of the most important policy instruments to tackle R&D-related market failure of firms. Studies based on neoclassical economics have substantially discussed the effects of R&D subsidy on firm-level R&D input and output. Recently, academic studies have focused increasingly on the effect of R&D subsidy on the behavioral additionality of firm-level R&D processes to further describe and analyze the contents of the complicated “black box” between R&D subsidy and firms’ R&D activities.

Combining the knowledge-based view with an organisational learning perspective, this dissertation explores and analyzes empirically the interactions between R&D subsidy, organisational learning behaviors, and firm-level R&D outputs in the context of China, from an evolutionary and systemic perspective. The research findings of this dissertation contribute to R&D subsidy literature and innovation policy studies in the context of China. At the same time, this dissertation provides important practical enlightenment for both the government and firms.

Moderator Birgitte Gregersen during the defence which took place via Zoom


Yuchen Gao
Aalborg University Business School
Email: yga@business.aau.dk

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