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Innovation Spaces in Asia

Innovation Spaces in Asia

Entrepreneurs, Multinational Enterprises and Policy

Edited by Maureen McKelvey and Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen

Innovation Spaces in Asia provides insight into how and why Asia is poised to impact global innovation. Asia is undergoing rapid developments in markets, sources of technology and user preferences. A key characteristic of the book is the rich empirical understanding of the dynamic processes, involving the strategic decisions of firms and entrepreneurs with the broader socio-economic environment in terms of institutions, markets, knowledge and innovation systems. Innovation spaces are analyzed within Asian countries and firms, from Asia to the world, and from the world to Asian countries.

Chapter 8: The emergence of knowledge-intensive entrepreneurship in China: four start-up companies in nanotechnology in Suzhou

Jun Jin, Zhengyi Zhang and Maureen McKelvey

Subjects: asian studies, asian business, asian innovation and technology, business and management, asia business, entrepreneurship, international business, organisational innovation, economics and finance, evolutionary economics, geography, economic geography, innovation and technology, asian innovation, organisational innovation


This chapter addresses the development of innovation spaces within China, through an analysis of the development of knowledge-intensive entrepreneurship in nanotechnology, including global linkages to access knowledge and resources. Recent research results suggest that China offers many opportunities, driven by aspects such as expanding markets, high number of graduates in science and engineering, and consumers with new demands. These factors suggest that we need to further understand and conceptualize the process of entrepreneurship within Asia. We need to get beyond the view that China and other emerging economies are simply destinations with low-cost labour and materials, and instead explore them as innovation spaces where national innovation systems are emerging as enablers of science and technology development.

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