Public procurement as a demand-side innovation policy tool in China - a national level case study

Yanchao Li

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Abstract

The Chinese government announced explicitly in the National S&T Program (2006-2020) to utilize public procurement to spur 'endogenous innovation', following which many actions have been taken by related government agencies. This paper aims to answer two questions through a qualitative case study at the national level: How has IOPP become an innovation policy tool in China under the circumstances and development trends of its national innovation system? What is China's current national IOPP mechanism like and how it operates? Primary data collection was conducted through elite interviews and secondary data used in this paper are mainly obtained from academic search engines, government reports/statistics and mass media. Main findings include that the IOPP mechanism in China is a result of co-evolution of innovation policy and related research; that the mechanism is systematic with strong catching-up intention, and overwhelmingly top-down rather than bottom-up, which is distinct from EU experiences; that in spite of the distinction, IOPP measures taken by the Chinese government are consistent with theoretical perspectives in existing EU literature.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationhost publication
Place of PublicationCopenhagen
PublisherDRUID Society
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jun 2011
EventINNOVATION, STRATEGY, and STRUCTURE - Organizations, Institutions, Systems and Regions - Copenhagen Business School
Duration: 15 Jun 201117 Jun 2011

Conference

ConferenceINNOVATION, STRATEGY, and STRUCTURE - Organizations, Institutions, Systems and Regions
CityCopenhagen Business School
Period15/06/1117/06/11

Keywords

  • Innovation policy
  • demand-side
  • innovation oriented public procurement (IOPP)
  • catalogue of innovations
  • IOPP mechanism
  • China

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