China has transformed itself from a planning- to a market-oriented economy over the past three decades and has sustained a long period of rapid economic growth, to which the contributions from innovation in science and technology have become increasingly important.
China’s latest five-year (2011-2015) plan aims to expand its number of scientists and engineers, to establish hi-tech industrial parks, to encourage venture capital investment, to better protect intellectual property rights, and to build a more innovation-oriented nation. With the government’s strong support, Chinese companies and scientific and research institutes are becoming more and more confident and ambitious in R&D investment, and a great number of college graduates are becoming motivated to start up their own businesses. At the same time, most multinationals are enhancing their profiles as innovative players in China. These emerging changes in China will have huge impacts not only on China but also on the rest of the world.
The aims of this special issue are firstly to celebrate the success of the UK's Prime Minister Initiative (PMI) programme, originally launched by Tony Blair in 2001. This influential programme has strengthened international collaboration on innovation and entrepreneurship between the UK and partner counties. During the second five year cycle of this programme, hundreds of connections have been established between the UK and China, and an enormous number of outcomes have been generated from these projects.
Secondly, the issue aims to publish the best full papers from the International Forum on Innovation Oriented Economics (IFION'12), with a special focus on innovation and entrepreneurship in China. IFION'12 aims to bring together researchers and practitioners in the field of innovation-oriented economics from around the world.
The call is also open to researchers unable attend the Forum, and the Guest Editors seek to publish high quality, state-of-the-art research findings which contribute to better understanding China-related innovation and entrepreneurship. Contributions from participants of previous PMI projects or IFIOE'12 are particularly welcome.
The research methodology for papers in this issue includes but is not limited to analytical modelling, conceptual papers, empirical studies and case studies.
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
- New trends in Chinese government policies on innovation and entrepreneurship
- The interaction between China's central government and local governments in promoting innovation and entrepreneurship
- New trends in innovation strategy of Chinese start-ups/established firms/scientific and research institutes
- The interface between innovation and manufacturing/marketing/after-market in Chinese start-ups and established firms
- The international influences of China's innovation and entrepreneurship
- The role of innovation and entrepreneurship in Chinese economic transformation
- International technical cooperation and technology transfer between China and western countries
Extended abstract submission: 31 March, 2012 (by email)
Notification of full paper submission: 30 April, 2012
Full paper submission: 30 June, 2012 (online submission)
Notification to authors: 31 October, 2012
Final version submission: 31 December, 2012