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China as an innovation nation

Presenter: Professor Yu Zhou, Vassar College
Date: November 11, 2016 (Friday)
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Massrey Center for Business 141


Advances in technology are critical for the transformation of a nation from a relatively low-wage to a relatively high-wage economy. Leading national economies are invariably global leaders in technology. In the last three decades, China has changed from one of the most impoverished countries on the planet to becoming the world largest economy with hundreds of millions of people being pulled out of poverty. Yet the question of China’s progress toward global technological leadership remains an open and hotly debated subject. Based on in-depth studies of ten high-tech industries in China with insights into the dynamics of innovative enterprise, and the roles of the state and globalized competition, the talk summarizes the key characteristics of Chinese innovation and the evolving roles of the state. As an example, the talk also examines Chinas’ promotion of green buildings as a way to integrate and localize the international technological changes.

About the Presenter:

Yu ZHOU is a professor of Geography in the Department of Earth Science and Geography at Vassar College. She received her bachelor and master’s degrees in Urban and Environmental Sciences (formerly Geography) at Peking University in 1986 and 1989, and PhD. in Geography at University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 1995. Her research has been in the areas of globalization and high-tech, and urban sustainability in China, and Chinese path of innovation. She is the author of the book The inside story of China’s high-tech industry: making Silicon Valley in Beijing (Roman and Littlefield 2008), and editor of China as innovation nation (Oxford University Press, 2016). She also studied ethnic communities and transnational business networks in the Los Angeles and New York. She is currently doing research on green building development in Chinese cities. She is a recipient of several major national and international awards and grants, and has been selected as one of the Public Intellectual Fellows for 2008-2010 by National Committee of United States-China Relations.