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Promoting Innovation through Incubation in Beijing : An Innovation Systems Approach to Characterizing High-Tech Business Incubators and Start-Up Companies

Larsson, Tomas (2008)
Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University
Abstract
Taking an innovation systems approach, this study sought to characterize high-tech business incubators and incubated companies in Beijing in terms of their institutional environment, interaction with other entities in the innovation system, and knowledge content. In-depth interviews were conducted with entrepreneurs and incubator managers and a survey based on these interviews was carried out. The empirical material reveals that the incubators generate a few positive externalities, but only to a small extent facilitate the establishing of vertical and horizontal linkages and mitigate imperfections in the institutional environment. Such imperfections consist of lack of capital, lack of skilled labor, lack of business information, and lack... (More)
Taking an innovation systems approach, this study sought to characterize high-tech business incubators and incubated companies in Beijing in terms of their institutional environment, interaction with other entities in the innovation system, and knowledge content. In-depth interviews were conducted with entrepreneurs and incubator managers and a survey based on these interviews was carried out. The empirical material reveals that the incubators generate a few positive externalities, but only to a small extent facilitate the establishing of vertical and horizontal linkages and mitigate imperfections in the institutional environment. Such imperfections consist of lack of capital, lack of skilled labor, lack of business information, and lack of intellectual property protection. These factors are all partially rooted in various aspects of the broader institutional environment. The preliminary results further suggest that the incubated companies overcome shortcomings in the institutional environment by forging ties with universities, research institutes, competitors, suppliers and government. (Less)
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author
Larsson, Tomas
supervisor
organization
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Business incubators, start-up companies, entrepreneurship, Beijing, China, innovation system, technological change, technology transfer, Social sciences, Samhällsvetenskaper
language
English
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1320189
date added to LUP
2008-10-20
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2008-10-20
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  abstract     = {Taking an innovation systems approach, this study sought to characterize high-tech business incubators and incubated companies in Beijing in terms of their institutional environment, interaction with other entities in the innovation system, and knowledge content. In-depth interviews were conducted with entrepreneurs and incubator managers and a survey based on these interviews was carried out. The empirical material reveals that the incubators generate a few positive externalities, but only to a small extent facilitate the establishing of vertical and horizontal linkages and mitigate imperfections in the institutional environment. Such imperfections consist of lack of capital, lack of skilled labor, lack of business information, and lack of intellectual property protection. These factors are all partially rooted in various aspects of the broader institutional environment. The preliminary results further suggest that the incubated companies overcome shortcomings in the institutional environment by forging ties with universities, research institutes, competitors, suppliers and government.},
  author       = {Larsson, Tomas},
  keyword      = {Business incubators,start-up companies,entrepreneurship,Beijing,China,innovation system,technological change,technology transfer,Social sciences,Samhällsvetenskaper},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Promoting Innovation through Incubation in Beijing : An Innovation Systems Approach to Characterizing High-Tech Business Incubators and Start-Up Companies},
  year         = {2008},
}