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Innovation, Global Change and Territorial Resilience

Innovation, Global Change and Territorial Resilience

New Horizons in Regional Science series

Edited by Philip Cooke, Mario Davide Parrilli and José Luis Curbelo

Localized creativity, small high-tech entrepreneurship, related innovation platforms, social capital embedded in dynamically open territorial communities and context-specific though continuously upgrading policy platforms are all means to face new challenges and to promote increased absorptive capacity within local and national territories. The contributors illustrate that these capabilities are much needed in the current globalized economy as a path towards sustainability and for creating new opportunities for their inhabitants. They analyse the challenges and development prospects of local/regional production systems internally, across territories, and in terms of their potential and territorial connectivity which can help exploit opportunities for proactive policy actions. This is increasingly relevant in the current climate, in which the balanced allocation of resources and opportunities, particularly for SMEs, cannot be expected to be the automatic result of the working of the market.

Chapter 11: China: Beyond the Global Production Line

Phil Cooke and Fangzu Zhang

Subjects: economics and finance, economics of innovation, industrial economics, regional economics, innovation and technology, economics of innovation, urban and regional studies, regional economics


Philip Cooke and Fangzhu Zhang INTRODUCTION In this chapter, we will study the role of China in stimulating global change in two distinct ways. The first, which appears in the second section, refers to aspects of China’s engagement in the highly globalised information and communications technology (ICT) industry. This account briefly explores the manner in which China, or rather leading Chinese or Chinesebased non-western firms like Huawei, not only penetrate western markets but also base themselves in western research and development (R&D) locations as these are vacated through competitiveness failures. There follows a section based on an account of a large industrial platform which embodies ICT and other applications (for example, batteries) in ‘green’ technologies like solar energy, light emitting diode (LED) lighting, electric vehicles, renewable energy, construction and the design of eco-cities. This signifies recognition in China that critiques from the West about excessive fossil fuel emissions in China and the contribution these make to global warming has some practical purchase. As China seeks to evolve rapidly away from its ‘world factory’ reputation, its success in innovating a significant ‘green technology’ platform will decide whether it is willing and able to make a global contribution to the environment’s ‘long emergency’ domestically, and if by so doing it creates new, more affordable, means whereby the world may follow suit in the years to come. In the first section attention is devoted to three complementary theoretical perspectives that seek to explain transition in the dominant production regime fuelling market-led development...

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