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A regional construction R&D evaluation system for China


  • Xiaoling Zhang
  • Martin Skitmore
  • Yuzhe Wu
  • Kunhui Ye


Expenditure on R&D in China's construction industry has been relatively low in comparison with many developed countries for a number of years—a situation considered to be a major barrier to the industry's competitiveness in general and unsatisfactory as regards industry development of the 31 regions involved. A major problem with this is the lack of a sufficiently sophisticated method of objectively evaluating R&D activity in what are quite complex circumstances considering the size and regional differences that exist in this part of the world. A regional construction R&D evaluation system (RCRES) is presented, aimed at rectifying the situation. This is based on 12 indicators drawn from the Chinese Government's R&D Inventory of Resources in consultation with a small group of experts in the field, and further factor analysed into three groups. From this, the required evaluation is obtained by a simple formula. Examination of the results provides a ranking list of the R&D performance of each of the 31 regions, indicating a general disproportion between coastal and inland regions and highlighting regions receiving special emphasis or currently lacking in development. The understanding on this is vital for the future of China's construction industry.

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  • Xiaoling Zhang & Martin Skitmore & Yuzhe Wu & Kunhui Ye, 2010. "A regional construction R&D evaluation system for China," Construction Management and Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 28(12), pages 1287-1300.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:conmgt:v:28:y:2010:i:12:p:1287-1300
    DOI: 10.1080/01446193.2010.508501

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    1. Jian, Tianlun & Sachs, Jeffrey D. & Warner, Andrew M., 1996. "Trends in regional inequality in China," China Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 7(1), pages 1-21.
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