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Regional innovation profiles: A comparative empirical study of four chinese regions based on expert knowledge

: Liefner, Ingo; Kroll, Henning; Zeng, Gang; Heindl, Anna-Barbara


Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie (2021), Online First
ISSN: 0044-3751
Fraunhofer ISI ()
regional innovation profiles; China; analytic hierarchy process; comparative research

In emerging economies such as China, marked by profound regional disparities in terms of socio-economic wealth and technology, different regions use not only different levels of inputs into the innovation process, but also produce different outputs with qualitative diversity that is seldom sufficiently acknowledged. This paper uses structured expert interviews (AHP) to provide insights into the innovation profiles of four selected Chinese regions: Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing and Kunming. It combines information on drivers of innovation as well as innovation characteristics and objectives to establish and compare regional innovation profiles.