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State actors’ mobilisation of resources for innovation: a case study of a Chinese vaccine
Dept Business Adm, Lund, Sweden.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Industrial Engineering & Management.
2016 (English)In: The IMP Journal, ISSN 2059-1403, E-ISSN 0809-7259, Vol. 10, no 2, 296-316 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to explore how state actors mobilise resources in business networks to facilitate innovation. Design/methodology/approach - A single case study method is used. The case from the Chinese biotechnology sector illustrates how state actors mobilise resources in a network context in order to develop, produce and use a vaccine. Findings - The case findings demonstrate that state actors indirectly, as well as actively, are involved in the whole innovation process by mobilising resources necessary for the development, production and use of the vaccine. State actors influence other actors, both political and business, and provide resources in order to facilitate innovation. Practical implications - The paper illustrates that state actors, in the specific case, play an important and active role throughout the whole innovation process. This opens up the issue of the possible extended role of state actors in innovation. Originality/value - Over the past decades, Chinese state actors have played an active role in the business landscape. This paper explores state actors' influence on the innovation process on the network level.

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2016. Vol. 10, no 2, 296-316 p.
Keyword [en]
China; Industrial networks, Mobilising resources, State actors, Vaccine
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Business Administration Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-311154DOI: 10.1108/IMP-08-2015-0044ISI: 000388976300007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-311154DiVA: diva2:1058890
Available from: 2016-12-21 Created: 2016-12-21 Last updated: 2017-01-02Bibliographically approved

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