Innovation through connectivity: The role of global talent mobility in the BRI attempt to establish a knowledge based economy in China

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In this paper, we explore Chinese policy on talent mobility from the Chinese opening in 1978 until the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative. We identify a long-term trend in Chinese policy towards allowing talents more mobility both in number and in scope. As a result, there has been an increased number of individuals who now improve their skills, knowledge, and network globally and whom the Chinese state, companies, and institutions compete for on a global “market” for human resources. The Belt and Road Initiative continues this trend towards opening up by creating a more porous China in which opportunities and challenges emerge. Finally, we conclude that porous boundaries might have a substantial effect on transnational entrepreneurship at the high end of technological and scientific innovation.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date24 Aug 2019
Publication statusPublished - 24 Aug 2019
EventThe CICALICS Phd Academy and Workshop: Global Collaborative Innovation Systems - Current Trends and Probing for the Future - Sino-Danish Centre, Huairou, Beijing, China
Duration: 20 Aug 201925 Aug 2019


WorkshopThe CICALICS Phd Academy and Workshop
LocationSino-Danish Centre, Huairou
OtherThe initiative of CICALICS (the China Innovation Circles and Academy – Learning, Innovation and Competence Systems) was built several years ago upon academia experience in Europe and North America. This year’s event will again be hosted by the Sino-Danish Center.<br/><br/>In 2016, the SDC hosted the CICALICS event in Beijing. Following the rotation principle, in 2017 and 2018 the event was hosted by our colleagues and friends at Tsinghua University and Zhejiang University respectively. This year the honor to host the event is coming back to SDC.<br/><br/>This year we would like to put more emphasis on the role of collaboration and globalization in innovation and focus this year’s CICALICS on the theme of:<br/><br/>‘GLOBAL COLLABORATIVE INNOVATION SYSTEMS – CURRENT TRENDS AND PROBING FOR THE FUTURE’<br/><br/>On the one hand, the recent advancements in technology have been giving more impetus to global collaborative innovation initiatives around the world. On the other hand, the sentiment towards openness and global engagement somewhat soured in recent years which also has implications for how various actors approach innovation. This fast developing context creates new dilemmas for managers and policy makers. Furthermore, it also has potential to offer new research avenues as well as may call for the refinement of the existing models. With this background in mind, CICALICS 2019 aims at discussing the current trends in collaborative and global innovation systems as well as probing for their future both from the research and practice perspectives.
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