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Low-carbon disruptive innovation in China.

Tyfield, David and Jin, Jun (2010) Low-carbon disruptive innovation in China. Journal of Knowledge-based Innovation in China, 2 (3). pp. 269-282. ISSN 1756-1418

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Abstract

Purpose – This paper seeks to explore arguments for the importance of disruptive innovation to China's low-carbon transition, while such innovation is generally overlooked and/or belittled. Design/methodology/approach – The paper builds on the multi-level perspective (MLP) of systems transitions being developed by interdisciplinary scholars regarding low-carbon innovation to explore the multiple opportunities regarding disruptive innovation in the case of China. Findings – This exploration details that at the levels of business strategy, national economic development and governance of a transition to ecological sustainability, there is a strong prima facie case that disruptive innovation offers singular opportunities in China regarding low-carbon innovation, while a focus on hi-tech innovation alone is unlikely to effect the radical systems transition needed. Practical implications – Acknowledging and incorporating such opportunities is thus to be encouraged, both in China and elsewhere, including in the formulation of low-carbon innovation policy. A concerted research programme for ongoing and iterative “second-order” learning about concrete examples of disruptive low-carbon innovation is advocated. Social implications – The increased opportunities for dispersed social involvement in a low-carbon transition through disruptive innovation are discussed. Originality/value – The paper offers a novel synthesis of diverse literatures to advocate a significantly different approach to low-carbon innovation than is evidenced in current policy and policy discourse.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Knowledge-based Innovation in China
Uncontrolled Keywords: Carbon ; Environmental management ; Innovation ; China.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 40870
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 15 Jun 2011 10:19
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2012 14:31
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/40870

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