China Discussion Forum

Topic: Recent Trends of Regional Development in China – Technological Portfolios and Economic Growth

Date: Friday, 29th November 2019

Time: 9:30 am

Where: Research IV, Room 52 (Conference Room) in Jacobs University Bremen

Organizer: China Global Center

Keynote Speaker: Dr. habil. Henning Kroll (Fraunhofer ISI)


Topic Abstract:

In this talk, Henning Kroll will present regional patterns and trends of China’s technological development, reflecting particularly on the role that technological portfolio characteristics have played for the economic development performance of various provinces. His research findings suggest a continued relevance of center-periphery patterns and regional industrial legacies but also a growing importance of newly emerging industrial pathways. Bringing together different but complementary knowledge (“related variety”) within regional technological portfolios plays a pivotal role during more advanced development stages, whereas the earlier stages are usually characterized by elementary regional innovation system construction. Initially, the factors shaping the development of China’s regional economies have substantially differed from those known in established market economies. Today, the development logics increasingly converge, however.

 Keynote Speaker:

Dr. habil. Henning Kroll heads the Business Innovation Trends and Knowledge Dynamics Unit of the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) in Karlsruhe. He also teaches as adjunct professor at the Institute of Economic and Cultural Geography of his alma mater, the Leibniz University Hannover. His research focus is on the measurement of national and regional innovation system dynamics and on the development of strategic innovation policy approaches.


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