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Transnational science guanxi: a necessary, but insufficient, condition for Sino-Danish flows of knowledge, talent and capital in genetics


  • Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen
  • Xiangyun Du
  • Morten Karnøe Søndergaard


Genetics is observed as a particularly active field of Sino-Danish science collaboration, brain circulation and funding. Explaining the level of activity of this scientific field is therefore valuable for understanding the conditions allowing such activity. This paper identifies Danish scientific excellence as a necessary, but insufficient, condition. This condition becomes sufficient together with another necessary, but insufficient, condition, which is Sino-Danish transnational science guanxi, or networks and acquaintanceship. This guanxi is based on the previous graduate studies of Chinese in Denmark, or brain circulation. The paper finds that brain circulation in the form of graduate students can have revolutionary long-term effects on Sino-Danish science collaboration and investments, exemplified in the location of Beijing Genomics Institute Europe in Copenhagen.

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  • Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen & Xiangyun Du & Morten Karnøe Søndergaard, 2016. "Transnational science guanxi: a necessary, but insufficient, condition for Sino-Danish flows of knowledge, talent and capital in genetics," International Journal of Business and Globalisation, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 16(3), pages 228-244.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijbglo:v:16:y:2016:i:3:p:228-244

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