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1st Edition

Innovation and Regional Development in China

ISBN 9781138231337
Published November 6, 2016 by Routledge
336 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Although China is now the ‘factory of the world’, there is no reason to expect that it will always be content with manufacturing labor-intensive goods for foreign corporations. Scholars must now ask: What is the current level of innovation in China? And how can we face this challenge and renovate industrial production and innovation capacities in developed countries?

This edited volume investigates the unique characteristics of Chinese innovation and regional development, China’s policy framework, and the role that transnational corporations play in China’s increasing innovation activities. This book contributes to the heated debate regarding pathways for technology progress and regional development in developing countries, and identifies the ways in which local production networks respond to different configurations of external linkages. Linking patterns of global and local production networks with the trajectories of technology development and regional development allows the authors to theorize and test whether, and how, particular configurations of production networks generate divergent long-term local productivity growth and technological development outcomes.

Innovation and Regional Development in China will be of interest to geographers, economists, China specialists, development specialists, and scholars working on innovation and regional development in developing areas and transition countries.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Innovation and regional development in China Ingo Liefner and Yehua Dennis Wei  Part I  2. Explaining Innovation and Regional Development in China: How much can we learn from applying established Western theories? Ingo Liefner  3. Regional Structures and Trends in China’s Innovation System: An indicator-based account of the last decade’s developments Henning Kroll and Rainer Frietsch  4. China’s Regional Economic Development from a National Perspective: The case of the biopharmaceutical industry Marcus Conlé  Part II  5. FDI Networks, R&D Activities and the Making of Global Cities in China Yehua Dennis Wei  6. The Development of the Spatial Concentration and Coagglomeration of Industrial and Public Innovation in China: A province level analysis Frank Bickenbach and Wan-Hsin Liu  7. Firm activity and Regional Brokers in Science-driven Knowledge Networks in China’s Biotechnology System Stefan Hennemann and Tao Wang  Part III  8. Personalization of Business Relations in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta: An institutional necessity or a strategic opportunity? Daniel Schiller  9. Emerging Regional Innovation Systems in Shenzhen, China: Technological evolution of foreign-invested and indigenous firms Chun Yang  10. Linkage, Leverage, Learning and the Developmental Upgrade of the Zhangjiang IC Design Industry Cluster, China Tangwei Teng  11. Intercultural Economic Practices and Institutional Support in Shanghai’s Automobile Supplier Industry Heiner Depner and Harald Bathelt  12. Technological Advantage of Beijing and its Effect on Urban Development Jie Fan and Dong Chen  13. Conclusion Ingo Liefner and Yehua Dennis Wei

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Ingo Liefner is Professor of Economic Geography at Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany.

Yehua Dennis Wei is Professor of Geography at the University of Utah, USA.