Title: Beijing innovation system: the perspective of organisational structure and spatial distribution

Authors: Jingyuan Zhao; Joseph Richards

Addresses: Canada Research Chair on the Management of Technology, University of Québec at Montréal, P.B. 8888 Station Centre-Ville, Montréal, P.Q. H3C 3P8, Canada. ' College of Business Administration, California State University, Sacramento, 95819, California, USA

Abstract: Regional innovation system (RIS) is a regional system to support and create innovations. The paper analyses the organisational structure of Beijing regional innovation system, and presents its organisational structure characterised by industry-research cooperation, technology-industry alliance, gazelle enterprises, and enterprises established by overseas returned Chinese students. The paper also discusses the spatial distribution of Beijing innovation system in which Zhongguancun is the centre of innovation and radiating to the periphery forming a larger geographical stretch of regional innovation system. Specialised clusters of high-tech and traditional industries are emerging in Zhongguancun, and gradually a spillover space is also forming around Beijing regional innovation system.

Keywords: regional innovation systems; organisational structures; spatial distribution; industry-research cooperation; Beijing; Zhongguancun; China; Zhong Guan Cun; technology hubs; technology-industry alliances; gazelle enterprises; student enterprises; specialised clusters; high-tech industries; traditional industries; spillover spaces; learning; intellectual capital; clusters; high technology industries.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLIC.2012.049617

International Journal of Learning and Intellectual Capital, 2012 Vol.9 No.4, pp.413 - 428

Published online: 10 Oct 2012 *

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