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Title:Positioning Chinese practices in global innovation studies: A literature review on system of innovation research
Author(s):Hang, Ming
Advisor(s):Doussard, Marc
Department / Program:Urban & Regional Planning
Discipline:Urban Planning
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):System of innovation
Economic development
Abstract:This thesis offers a systematic review of the system of innovation (SI) literature, to bridge between Chinese innovation practice and global studies on innovation systems. It is developed from the standpoint of how to understand and evaluate innovation systems in China based on current wisdom. First, the Chinese innovation system, like its global counterparts, is a product of the concept that innovation is the major tool for development. As innovation becomes the center of development studies and globalization process intensifies competition between regions, places rely on SIs to stay competitive. Second, however, rationales of neoclassical and evolutionary approaches still compete within SI research, that it fails to provide with a set of concrete recommendations for Chinese policymakers to build innovation systems, and the Chinese environment in terms of culture, firm and governance structures challenges several key assumptions in SI literature. Third, the thesis categories three deficiencies in the current SI research: 1. Failed to incorporate innovation systems at different scales; 2. Very limited studies on experience outside of technologically advanced countries; 3. Overlooked the negative effect of SI development, such as the growing inequality. Then, it argues how studies on Chinese innovation systems would complement current studies.
Issue Date:2020-05-15
Rights Information:Copyright 2020 Ming Hang
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-08-26
Date Deposited:2020-05

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