knowledge bases and the geography of industrial upgrading
2007 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
This article examines the emergence of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) industry in China and focuses on the role of inland regions and the knowledge and capability creation processes that are embedded in those areas. Drawing on interview, statistical, and archival data, we examined the balance of innovation between coastal and inland regions and found that small-scale inland ICT hot spots are historically grounded. Specifically, inland hot spots coincided geographically with regions influenced by the third front program (1964-1980). In addition, the results indicate a bias towards specific types of knowledge that are created in inland ICT hot spots. The findings suggest that Chinese industrial upgrading is not strictly core-peripheral in nature but may be explained, at least in part, by the varations in local receptiveness to different types of indsutry knowledge.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
knowledge base, upgrading, absorptive capacity, China, ICT, hinterland
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-158500OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-158500DiVA: diva2:777344
China in the World
QC 201501132015-01-082015-01-082015-01-13Bibliographically approved