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The impact of a firm’s internal control mechanisms on the choice of innovation mode

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A firm’s internal control mechanisms may have a significant influence on the choice of innovation mode. Therefore, based on the research on the internal control mechanisms of companies, we developed a model to explore the relationship between a firm’s internal control mechanisms and the choice of innovation mode. Using a sample of 585 Chinese firms, this study tests the proposed model. Results show that strategic control has a positive relationship with radical innovation, but a negative relationship with incremental innovation, while financial control has a negative relationship with radical innovation, but a positive relationship with incremental innovation.


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Correspondence to Xinmin Liu or Yuan Li.

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Translated from Nankai Guanli Pinglun 南开맜理评论 (Nankai Business Review), 2006(2): 64–68

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  • strategic control
  • financial control
  • radical innovation
  • incremental innovation