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Challenges to the transformational role of university in regional innovation system

Ruan, Ximing; Saad, Mohammed; Kumar, Vikas; Kumari, Archana


Ximing Ruan
Senior Lecturer in Stategy and Operations Mgmt

Mohammed Saad
Occasional Associate Lecturer - CHSS - DAS

Archana Kumari


A review of literature recognizes that universities play an important role towards regional innovation system and the innovation systems in China differ from the one in advanced marketing economies. Over the past decade, some university mergers took place in mainland China from which more comprehensive universities emerged. The changes from the mergers are not only in sizes and subject fields, but also in governance, research foci, and relationships with local firms. This situation, coupled with the complexity of national and regional economic transitions, calls for an appraisal of the transformational role of universities in regional innovation systems in order to outline some best practices and identify challenges for future development. A case study of Zhengzhou University in China is adopted for a preliminary study. The research outcome of this case study can be generalized to other regional innovation development whose economic contexts share similarities with this case


Ruan, X., Saad, M., Kumar, V., & Kumari, A. (2015, September). Challenges to the transformational role of university in regional innovation system. Paper presented at BAM 2015

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name BAM 2015
Start Date Sep 8, 2015
End Date Sep 10, 2015
Publication Date Sep 1, 2015
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords universities, regional innovation system
Publisher URL
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : BAM 2015 Annual Conference


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