Papers in Innovation Studies, CIRCLE, Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy, Lund University
Clean-tech Innovation in Emerging Economies: Transnational Dimensions in Technological Innovation System Formation
(), Yonglong Lu
() and Lars Coenen
Abstract: Emerging economies increasingly contribute to global
clean-tech innovation. The ‘Technological Innovation System’ (TIS)
framework and its system functions have become a popular analytical tool
for clean-tech innovation. Its applicability to emerging economies is not
entirely straightforward, however, because of two interconnected flaws.
First, empirical TIS work has focused predominantly on advanced economies.
Second, although TIS is theoretically understood to be a global phenomenon,
empirical TIS work often uses national borders as system boundaries.
Earlier perspectives on innovation in emerging economies have stressed the
role of transnational linkages in (early) innovative activities in emerging
economies. While implicitly acknowledged, the TIS literature lacks a
systematic specification of these transnational linkages, how and under
what conditions they form, and how they induce or hamper TIS formation.
This paper draws on insights from the perspectives of National Learning
Systems, International Technology Transfer, and Global Production Networks
to elaborate on the transnational dimension of TIS formation in emerging
economies. The insights these strand of literature offer on the challenges
and opportunities of such transnational linkages may be accurately grasped
by the seven TIS system functions, lending credence to further application
of the TIS framework in emerging economy case studies.
Keywords: Technological innovation system; clean-tech; emerging economies; changing global innovation; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: O31; (follow links to similar papers)
29 pages, March 10, 2013
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