Department of Geography
This paper examines relationships between collaborative governance and technological innovation. Collaborative governance is a key strategy for this form of innovation but remains under-researched. This paper explores how and to what extent collaborative governance can contribute to technological innovation, using a case study of wind energy in China. Drawing on a comparative analysis of three provinces, Xinjiang, Shanghai and Guangdong, the paper presents three major findings. Firstly, the three provinces reflect local variations in their models of government-industry-university collaboration. Xinjiang illustrates a hierarchical model, Shanghai’s model is highly institutionalised, while Guangdong has adopted a market model. Secondly, the mechanisms for collaborative governance are conceptualised into three integral elements: resources (such as funds, personnel and technological knowledge), structures (such as collaborative institutions and learning networks) and processes (such as resource pooling and learning). Thirdly, the Chinese model of collaborative governance for technological innovation shares some important characteristics with western models but also exhibits some differences. The relatively limited role of public service organisations, a domestic market dominated by state-owned enterprise, the relatively inactive role of industrial associations and an emergence of policy networks distinguishes the Chinese models.
collaborative, governance, technological innovation, wind energy in China
Source Publication Title
Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space
Link to Publisher's Edition
Ngar-yin Mah, D., & Hills, P. (2014). Collaborative governance for technological innovation: a comparative case-study of wind energy in Xinjiang. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, 32, 509-529. https://doi.org/10.1068/c11101