1st Edition

The Dynamics of the Innovation Divide between China and Europe
National and Regional Dimensions

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ISBN 9781032057606
March 14, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
194 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book examines the problem of the innovation divide in the world economy, and convergence in innovation performance between leaders and followers, analysed through the prism of Chinese experiences, and explored from an EU perspective. The rationale for research conducted in this book is an observation of a significant change in the geography of world innovation, reflected in the emergence of innovation hubs in developing countries and in the shift of manufacturing activity, including high and medium-high technology industries, to emerging economies, mainly China.

The book analyses the factors of Chinese innovation success in recent decades, such as: China’s science, technology and innovation policy, increased R&D expenditures, human capital development, and the development of clusters and highly specialized industries. It also focuses on the challenges for developed European economies, which are being at risk of losing their knowledge-related sources of competitive advantage. It also offers recommendations for future policy actions. The book’s analysis goes beyond a cross-country comparison, taking into account a regional perspective. The reason for this regional dimension is the increasingly recognized importance of proximity in stimulating innovation processes, and an observed strong geographical polarization of innovation activity at specific regions seen in the emergence of clusters, particularly visible in China.

The monograph will provide an up-to-date reference for academics and students across a variety of disciplines. It will be of particular interest to researchers in the area of innovation and practitioners doing business in China, as well as policymakers at international, national and regional levels involved in designing and implementing innovation policy.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. What determines convergence in innovation capacity? – a literature review 2. Regional approach to innovation, and the role of clusters  3. Convergence or divergence in innovation performance in the world economy – focus on Europe and China 4. Towards convergence in national and regional innovation performance: the case of selected EU countries  5. China’s innovation capacity: national and regional level determinants

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Arkadiusz Michal Kowalski is an Associate Professor, Head of the Department of East Asian Economic Studies and Deputy Director of the World Economy Research Institute at the SGH Warsaw School of Economics. He graduated with a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Southampton in 2006, winning Taught Postgraduate Student competition organized by Regional Science Association International British and Irish Section. His research and academic teaching focus on innovation policy, clusters, and international competitiveness. He has been involved as a manager or researcher in different European or domestic research projects in these fields, which resulted in more than 80 publications, including books, chapters, articles in scientific journals and expert’ reports.