Innovation Spaces in Asia
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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.
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Chapter 5: The role of customers in the development of the e-bike industry and a leading company in China

Jun Jin and Guangyu Cheng


This chapter explores the innovation space of China, through the interactions of demand, regulation and entrepreneurs in developing a new eco-innovation industry, namely e-bikes. Although China has undertaken continual high-speed economic growth since 1978, the environmental degradation in Chinese cities has also become more and more serious. One aspect is environmental pollution from traffic congestion. As a result, ecoinnovation has become an important option in China, but so far, research is not so common on eco-innovation occurring in Chinese industries other than environmental ones. This chapter therefore focuses on one type of eco-innovation that is considered disruptive, namely the electric bicycle (henceforth referred to as e-bikes). E-bikes are expected to take the place of automobiles in cities, especially in congested areas. In addition to a reduction in congestion, e-bikes are expected to reduce emissions. This chapter focuses upon China as an innovation space for the development of a new industry and also a case study of an entrepreneurial, leading firm.

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