The transition from a catching-up style economy to an innovation-driven economy poses a major challenge for China. This book examines the major issues at stake, outlines developments in crucial business fields and industries, and discusses the roles of top-down politics and bottom-up entrepreneurship. It focuses in particular on the institutional foundations of innovation, arguing that successful innovation relies on the favourable interplay of business, politics, and society, and that comprehensive institutional and organizational changes will be required in China in order for innovation to succeed. Overall, the book assesses how far China will be able to depart from the Western paradigm of successful innovation regimes and create its own innovation system with Chinese characteristics.
Institutional Foundations of China’s Quest for Innovation: Introduction. 1 Innovation Depends. Between Sustainable Change and Destructive Over-Turbulence. On the complex "deep structure" of innovation. 2 Technology, Social Beliefs, and National System of Innovation Policies: Reflections on China’s Innovation Policies after 2006. 3 China’s Research and Development Sector: Progress and Outlook. 4 Technological Capabilities in China: Patterns of specialization towards a knowledge intensive economy. 5 Economic transition and innovation development in China from an Evolutionary Economics Perspective. 6 Architecture-based Innovation Strategies in the Development of China’s Passenger Vehicle Sector. 7 Moral capital and organizational legitimacy: Evidence from the private sector in China. 8 The interdependency of innovation obstacles in Chinese manufacturing firms. 9 Innovation in the Digital Age: An Opportunity for China’s Catching Up. 10 Realizing Stretch Goals via Exploratory Bricolage: The Case of Chinese Entrepreneurial Firms. 11 Open Innovation Ecosystem and Traditional Industrial Cluster Upgrading: A Case Study on the Special Cable Industry Cluster in Gaogou Town, Anhui Province. 12 An "Iron Triangle" in Northeastern China: Revisit the New Northeast Phenomenon and its Innovation Ecosystem.