Innovation med særlige kinesiske kendetegn – en model til modificering af konceptet Regionale Innovationssystemer

Johan Heichelmann

Student thesis: Master thesis


This study investigates if the Chinese case can illustrate the shortcomings of RIS by highlighting two fundamental factors in Chinese innovation, which is not accounted for in the concept. Two hypotheses are investigated in order to draw attention to these weaknesses. The first hypothesis is concerned with the role of the Chinese state in the link between university and industry in terms of innovation and technology transfer. The focus is primarily on the level of the university. The second hypothesis is concerned with the significance of Chinese culture in terms of willingness to educate and innovate relative to Western notion. The main argument of this study is the construction of a model to modify the existing RIS in order to point out the shortcomings. The modification is based on a rethinking of RIS to contain the crucial state and cultural factor and investigate the probability of such modification. The typologies proposed by RIS are confronted by suggesting a fourth category of state involvement in innovation and a new typology that brings in the significance of culture.

EducationsInternational Development Studies, (Bachelor/Graduate Programme) Graduate
Publication date10 Jan 2009
SupervisorsDaniel Fleming


  • Regional Innovation Systems
  • cultural capital
  • China
  • Academic capitalism