Entrepreneurs, Multinational Enterprises and Policy
Edited by Maureen McKelvey and Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen
Chapter 8: The emergence of knowledge-intensive entrepreneurship in China: four start-up companies in nanotechnology in Suzhou
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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