Linking, leveraging and learning: sectoral systems of innovation and the development of China’s commercial aerospace industry

SMITH, D.J. and ZHANG, M., 2014. Linking, leveraging and learning: sectoral systems of innovation and the development of China’s commercial aerospace industry. Global Business and Economics Review, 16 (4), pp. 349-368. ISSN 1745-1329

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Abstract

Developing countries often have ambitions to become major players in the commercial aerospace industry, but it remains effectively a duopoly dominated by Boeing of the US and Europe’s Airbus. China is no exception and the projects designed to bring this about have taken a number of forms. Adopting the sectoral system of innovation (SSI) as an analytical framework, this paper explores recent changes in the industry. Using China’s ARJ21 regional jet programme as a case study, it examines how these changes provide opportunities for latecomer nations to catch-up technologically. It is argued that the new institutional context and the presence of new actors within the SSI, represent an opportunity for latecomer nations like China to acquire the capability to design, develop and manufacture commercial jet airliners, through linking with Western suppliers. However the analysis reveals that as a latecomer nation, China may prove to be a special case, with the opportunities for catch-up by other latecomers much more limited.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Global Business and Economics Review
Creators: Smith, D.J. and Zhang, M.
Publisher: Inderscience
Date: 2014
Volume: 16
Number: 4
ISSN: 1745-1329
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1504/GBER.2014.065361DOI
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 09:55
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2016 09:06
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4803

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