Institutional Diversity and Innovation: Continuing and Emerging Patterns in Japan and China

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The concept of "innovation systems" has gained considerable attention from scholars and politicians alike. The concept promises not only to serve as a tool to explain sustained economic development, but also to provide policy-makers with scientifically grounded policy options to advance the growth of economies. The thrust of much recent literature has been to review existing empirical findings in order to deduce "best practice" models which are assumed to benefit all countries in a similar fashion. However, as this book argues, such ‘universal’ models often fail in both analysis and policy prescriptions, as they do not take into account sufficiently the circumstances and development trajectories of particular countries. This book discusses the extent to which the diagnoses and reform recommendations of recent work on innovation theory, and the related policy recommendations, actually apply to Japan and China. Making links between behavioural economics and institutional analysis, the book covers their regulatory framework, legal and science system, the labour and capital market, and intra-firm relations. It examines the present design and reasons underlying the Japanese and Chinese innovation systems, and based on those findings, emphasises the necessity for reform to secure the future competitiveness of both countries.

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Cornelia Storz is Professor and Chair for Japanese Economy at the Department of Management and Applied Microeconomics, Goethe-University, Germany.

Sebastian Schäfer is a consultant whose area of expertise is the Japanese economy and Japanese business.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Innovation. 1.1 Why is Innovation a Relevant Issue? 1.2 Definition of Innovation, Innovation Process. 1.3 Classification and Types of Innovation. 1.4 Indicators of Innovation. 2. Standard Economic Theory and Newer Approaches. 2.1 Standard Economic Theory: Assumptions. 2.2 Review and Development of Alternative Assumptions. 2.3 Introduction into Institutional Economics. 3. Institution and Innovation: Innovation Systems. 3.1 The Concept of National Innovation Systems. 3.2 Definition and Content. 3.3 Institutions and Linkages. 4. Institution and Innovation: An Application to Japan. 4.1 Regulatory Framework and Innovation Policy. 4.2 Financial System. 4.3 Labour Market. 4.4 Science System. 5 Firms and Networks, Institution and Innovation: An Application to China. 5.1 The Pre-Reform System. 5.2 Regulatory Framework. 5.3 The Science System. 5.4 Science Parks and Networks of Innovation. 5.5 The Financial System. 5.6 Foreign Direct Investment and Knowledge Transfer. Conclusion.

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    A New Beginning- Prologue

    The monlight filtered through the trees overhead, casting dark shadows on the undergrowth of the forest floor. it was a calm night; no storms brewed in the distance, and you could hear the faint gurgle of a stream in the distance. A she-cat padded through the ferns, concealed by the shadows. Her silver tabby fur gleamed and was illuminated by the light. Her sapphire blue eyes narrowed, scanning through the trees for the one thing she was looking for. She saw it. A flash of red sped through the trees, straight toward her. It was a tom, but his ancestory wasnt like her own at all. The she-cat feared of the consequences, but shook the butterfly-like feeling out of her stomach. "Moonstar!" The tom hissed, snapping the she-cat, known as Moonstar, back to her senses. "Fireblaze... where are you?" Moonstar whispered back. Fireblaze stepped out from behind a bush, and ran to her. He nuzzled her shoulder and licked her ears. When Fireblaze tried to twine tailes with her, she visibly winced. "What is it?" Fireblaze asked, hurt. Moonstar scuffed the ground with a white paw. "W...we cant meet anymore!" She blurted out, watching as her forbidden mate's yellow eyes widened in disbelief. "What?" He choked out, therefore needing more explaination. "Its obvious," Moonstar sighed, "use your brain. Im RainClans leader; isnt that all i should be?" Her voice cracked. "What if my clan found out?" Fireblaze looked around the forest, obviously trying not to meet her eyes. When his gaze finally did meet hers, he broke down. "But what about me?" He whimpered, "i need you, Moonstar." She nudged him back in the direction of StormClan. "No, they need you." She meowed meekly, "be the warrior you should be." Moonstar started walking back to RainClan camp, when Fireblaze stopped her. "You were one of my best friends," he meowed fiercely, "and what hurts the most is knowing now nothing will change. Ill just see you at every gathering thinking about what went on between us, for however brief a moment." He paused. "You can try how ever hard you like to forget about how you loved me," he hissed, "but i will never forget about you, Moonstar. I will always love you." He bolted toward Stormclan camp, never once looking back. Moonstar sat down with a thump, her eyes misting. He was right: she never could forget him, even how hard she tried. Because he had left her with a permanent scar- kits. And they were coming in a few moons. She had never gotten to tell him. Moonstar looked up at the stars. "Why, StarClan?" She whimpered, "why is my life such a mess?" Moonstar felt regret and fury burn inside of her. How could she love the kits if she couldnt love their father anymore? Moonstar stood up, and stumbled back to her den, wondering how she had ever gotten into this problem in the first place. (Thats the end of the prologue! Rate and review! I want honest reviews please! The first chapter will be in the nest result. This was a sort of looking into the future prologue. Im going to do a sort of Super Edition book, where the leadet starts out as a kit. Thnx for reviewinf everyone! ~Goldie.)

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