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Innovation and Regional Development in China

1st Edition

Edited by Ingo Liefner, Yehua Dennis Wei


314 pages | 38 B/W Illus.

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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

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Modern World Economy

In an increasingly interdependent world, many of the most important issues are driven by economic forces. This series applies newly developed economic techniques to some of the most pressing contemporary problems. The aim of the series is to demonstrate the relevance of modern economic theory to the modern world economy, and to provide key reading for researchers and policy-makers.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Business Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development