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Building national innovation platform in China: theoretical exploration and empirical study

Building national innovation platform in China: theoretical exploration and empirical study Purpose – China has been putting into effect a program of “national innovation platforms (NIPs)” since 2008. Because it is still at an experimental stage, some key issues remain ambiguous. The purpose of this paper is to conduct a theoretical exploration and empirical study on the NIP program to present the theoretical foundation and draw out implications for its future practice. Design/methodology/approach – Based on the literature review of national innovation system (NIS) approach, this paper develops an analytical framework for analyzing the mechanism of NIP. Then an in‐depth case study further validates the framework. Findings – NIP is a practice under the guidance of NIS approach. It effectively accomplishes interaction and cooperation between different actors and encourages flow of innovation resources. Based on NIP of textile industry, managerial and operational implications are drawn out. Research limitations/implications – Investigation of this paper is limited to a single industry. The result of the NIP program remains to be seen in the future. Originality/value – The theoretical study about NIP practice in China is original. The framework derived from NIS theory helps theoretical development in future research and guides future practice. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Science and Technology Policy in China Emerald Publishing

Building national innovation platform in China: theoretical exploration and empirical study

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1758-552X
DOI
10.1108/17585521111107898
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Abstract

Purpose – China has been putting into effect a program of “national innovation platforms (NIPs)” since 2008. Because it is still at an experimental stage, some key issues remain ambiguous. The purpose of this paper is to conduct a theoretical exploration and empirical study on the NIP program to present the theoretical foundation and draw out implications for its future practice. Design/methodology/approach – Based on the literature review of national innovation system (NIS) approach, this paper develops an analytical framework for analyzing the mechanism of NIP. Then an in‐depth case study further validates the framework. Findings – NIP is a practice under the guidance of NIS approach. It effectively accomplishes interaction and cooperation between different actors and encourages flow of innovation resources. Based on NIP of textile industry, managerial and operational implications are drawn out. Research limitations/implications – Investigation of this paper is limited to a single industry. The result of the NIP program remains to be seen in the future. Originality/value – The theoretical study about NIP practice in China is original. The framework derived from NIS theory helps theoretical development in future research and guides future practice.

Journal

Journal of Science and Technology Policy in ChinaEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 1, 2011

Keywords: China; Innovation; Government policy; Textile industry

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