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Fri, 22 Oct




Development of National and Regional Innovation System in China - Curated by CICALICS

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22 Oct 2021, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm GMT+1



About the Event

Theme: Development of National and Regional Innovation System in China

Date: 22, October 2021


JIN Jun, Associate Professor , Zhejiang University


Dr. YANG Boxu, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Dr. Yin Ximing, Beijing Institute of Technology


Prof. CHEN Jin, Tsinghua University

Prof. CHEN Xiangdong, Beihang University

2 hours schedule:

­ Intro to the session: 2 minutes by JIN Jun

Presentations: (30 minutes each, 60 minutes in total)

· Dr. YANG Boxu, The subsidy, tax credit, or IPRs protection? Research on the effectiveness of technology and innovation policy of MLP on regional innovation efficiency

· Dr. Yin Ximing, China’s Innovation Progress and Prospect from the Holistic Innovation System Perspective

- Discussions and Opinions on Innovation System from Senior Scholars (20 minutes per person, 40 minutes in total)

- Free discussion (18 minutes):

· such as the question, what is the trend of IS in the digital era? How about considering IS with SDG? Which new methods or theories could be adopted in the research on IS? (NLP, python, big data, etc., re-considering the resource views, strategies, disruptive innovation, organization management, etc.)

Bios of speakers

Dr. YANG Boxu is a postdoctoral fellow at School of Economics and Management, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. His research areas mainly cover technology innovation management and policy, social network, regional innovation system. He has published a lot of papers in Nankai Business Review, China Soft Science, studies in science of science. He hosted China Postdoctoral Science Foundation and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities.

Dr. YIN Ximing is an Assistant Professor at the School of Management and Economics, Beijing Institute of Technology, and a part-time Researcher at Tsinghua Research Center of Technological Innovation, China. He receives his PhD degrees from the School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, and was an awarded Visiting Scholar at Johnson College of Business, Cornell University. His research focus on innovation management, digital innovation and technology transfer, his work has been presented internationally and published within the Industrial and Corporate Change, Management and Organization Review, Journal of Rural Studies, Annual Meeting of Academy of Management(AOM).

Bios of Discussants

Dr. CHEN Jin Chen is a Professor in the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University and the Director of the Research Center of Technological Innovation at Tsinghua University, China. His research focuses on innovation management and innovation system. He has published more than 600 articles on academic journals and conferences, including Research Policy, Technovation. He serves as the editors of leading journals including Technovation, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, International Journal of Innovation Studies and Tsinghua Business Review.

Dr. CHEN Xiangdong is a full professor at the School of Economics and Management, Beihang University, in the fields of international technology transfer and innovation studies, he has been working on regional and national innovation system, based on patent-information, for many years. He is now retired, and re-invited as researcher at French Research Centre at the university, on regional innovation studies.

Bio of Chair

Dr. JIN Jun is currently an Associate Professor on Innovation Management, at the Department of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy, School of Management, Zhejiang University, China. Her research interests are in the areas of global innovation, catching up strategies, open innovation, and eco-innovation. Her current research focuses on the strategy dealing with climate change and carbon neutrality, as well as digital transformation of firms. Her articles have been published in journals such as the Technovation, Journal of Cleaner Production, International Journal of Technology Management, Asian Journal of Technology Innovation, Sustainability, among others.


The subsidy, tax credit, or IPRs protection? Research on the effectiveness of technology and innovation policy of MLP on regional innovation efficiency

Speaker: YANG Boxu

Abstract: This paper examines whether and how regional innovation efficiency is influenced by different technologies and innovation policies from the “National Medium and Long-term Science and Technology Development Plan (2006-2020)”, via adopting a set of panel data from 30 provinces in China from 2007 to 2017. We incorporate government R&D subsidies, R&D tax credit, and intellectual property rights (IPRs) protection into our research. We also explore the heterogeneous influences of these factors at different stages in regional development. The results indicate that these factors have contrary impacts on regional innovation efficiency. Government R&D subsidies show a significantly negative influence, especially on innovation-catch-up regions. Conversely, the R&D tax credit has a considerably positive impact. IPRs protection plays various roles according to different development stages. Specifically, IPRs protection has a notably positive impact on innovation-leading regions while negatively influencing innovation-catch-up regions.

China’s Innovation Progress and Prospect from the Holistic Innovation System Perspective

Speaker: YIN Ximing

Abstract: Over the last century and a half, global technological leadership has shifted from Europe to the United States, while scholars argue that the world has seen that it is now shifting from the U.S. to China due to China’s extraordinary catch-up in the past 4 decades, in which the public policy-oriented national innovation system development plays a critical role that might provide an alternative way for innovation-driven development especially for emerging markets. Even though encountering many challenges ahead, China is positioning itself to take over the global innovation leadership in the next few decades. Here in this paper, we introduce a serious yet underexplored question: could China go beyond catch-up and become the global innovation powerhouse? Specifically, drawing from the holistic innovation perspective, which is an original theoretical paradigm for the mission-oriented innovation policy change, this paper critically reviews, both qualitatively and quantitatively, China’s remarkable innovation progress and main drivers in comparison with G7 countries plus South Korea and India, trying to provide a comprehensive and critical view of state-of-the-art research on China’s innovation catch-up. We further explore the five major challenges that China’s must take seriously when marching towards the global innovation powerhouse. Finally, we propose a mission-oriented holistic STI policy design framework for both China and other emerging economies to go beyond catch-up in a competitive dynamic world. This paper provides a new and holistic perspective to access China’s innovation progress and challenges, also generates novel insights for scholars and public agencies to contribute to global innovation development, with a shared goal of achieving global sustainable development in the post COVID-19 pandemic world.

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