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Innovation in Chinese cluster-based leading enterprises


  • Marco R. Di Tommaso

    () (Università degli Studi di Ferrara)

  • Elisa Barbieri

    () (Università degli Studi di Udine)

  • Manli Huang

    () (School of Business Administration, South China University of Technology)


The paper offers an analysis of the innovation performance of cluster-based leading enterprises in Guangdong Province (China). It is a first attempt in the international literature to examine the innovation strategy of cluster-based leading enterprises in the context of a transition economy. To this aim we explore a unique data-set of leading enterprises in Guangdong specialized towns and we investigate the relationship between the patenting activity of such enterprises and other variables of interest among which the magnitude of policy intervention, the response of firms to policy measures, firm’s specific characteristics (such as ownership and export propensity) and entrepreneur’s specific characteristics (such as previous experience in policy-making or previous government appointments).

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  • Marco R. Di Tommaso & Elisa Barbieri & Manli Huang, 2012. "Innovation in Chinese cluster-based leading enterprises," Working Papers 1213, c.MET-05 - Centro Interuniversitario di Economia Applicata alle Politiche per L'industria, lo Sviluppo locale e l'Internazionalizzazione.
  • Handle: RePEc:cme:wpaper:1213

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    1. Basberg, Bjorn L., 1987. "Patents and the measurement of technological change: A survey of the literature," Research Policy, Elsevier, pages 131-141.
    2. Barbieri, Elisa & Di Tommaso, Marco R. & Bonnini, Stefano, 2012. "Industrial development policies and performances in Southern China: Beyond the specialised industrial cluster program," China Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 23(3), pages 613-625.
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    Clusters; China; innovation; leading firms;


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