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State actors’ mobilisation of resources for innovation: a case study of a Chinese vaccine

State actors’ mobilisation of resources for innovation: a case study of a Chinese vaccine Purpose– The purpose of this paper is to explore how state actors mobilise resources in business networks to facilitate innovation. Design/methodology/approach– A single case study method is used. The case from the Chinese biotechnology sector illustrates how state actors mobilise resources in a network context in order to develop, produce and use a vaccine. Findings– The case findings demonstrate that state actors indirectly, as well as actively, are involved in the whole innovation process by mobilising resources necessary for the development, production and use of the vaccine. State actors influence other actors, both political and business, and provide resources in order to facilitate innovation. Practical implications– The paper illustrates that state actors, in the specific case, play an important and active role throughout the whole innovation process. This opens up the issue of the possible extended role of state actors in innovation. Originality/value– Over the past decades, Chinese state actors have played an active role in the business landscape. This paper explores state actors’ influence on the innovation process on the network level. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png IMP Journal Emerald Publishing

State actors’ mobilisation of resources for innovation: a case study of a Chinese vaccine

IMP Journal , Volume 10 (2): 21 – Jun 13, 2016

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
2059-1403
DOI
10.1108/IMP-08-2015-0044
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Abstract

Purpose– The purpose of this paper is to explore how state actors mobilise resources in business networks to facilitate innovation. Design/methodology/approach– A single case study method is used. The case from the Chinese biotechnology sector illustrates how state actors mobilise resources in a network context in order to develop, produce and use a vaccine. Findings– The case findings demonstrate that state actors indirectly, as well as actively, are involved in the whole innovation process by mobilising resources necessary for the development, production and use of the vaccine. State actors influence other actors, both political and business, and provide resources in order to facilitate innovation. Practical implications– The paper illustrates that state actors, in the specific case, play an important and active role throughout the whole innovation process. This opens up the issue of the possible extended role of state actors in innovation. Originality/value– Over the past decades, Chinese state actors have played an active role in the business landscape. This paper explores state actors’ influence on the innovation process on the network level.

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IMP JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 13, 2016

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