We aim here at providing a better understanding about the ways distributed models of innovation exist and are promoted in China. We want to propose models, provide case studies and documentation to understand how specific innovative organizations in China are using distributed models to evolve and sustain themselves. The study of territorialized innovation and its models has been a very active field in the scientific literature. Notably the “business cluster” model (Fernandez & Puel, 2010; Porter, 1996), inherited from Italia has been contextualized and deployed in Europe, USA and Asia. By considering the blooming field of Chinese electronics and the local innovation models and economy there, we want to provide reusable elements of strategy that can foster distributed innovation within specific territorial contexts. We aim at providing new understandings about how physical and virtual spaces are co-structured by a sharing economy within and between social groups (artists, workers, students, and enterprises) related to their access and representations of places and technologies. We make the hypothesis that those « sustainable » or ephemeral places have common characteristics: socio-technic features based on social networks, focused community of actors and distributed practices of innovation. This comprehensive research deals on one hand with the urban forms of distributed/open innovation and their contingency, on the other hand with the creative transformations currently happening in China – with a focus on their replicability. Substantially, we aim at providing on the specific topic of distributed innovation in China :

  • Inventory and model characterization of emerging places, including maps visualizations
  • Monographs of places
  • International comparative study with models from the European Union
  • Review of knowledge management practices from a highly distributed industry
  • Analysis of territorial dynamics of industrial knowledge within China
  • Knowledge sharing and management practices for creative communities
  • Business models of emerging places
  • Case studies & documentation about actors of innovation in China

Furthermore, we will deliver analysis to understand better how it is relevant to actual situation in Europe by leading a comparative review. Our goal is to formulate useful insights and operable knowledge from the Chinese experience that can be used in different context.

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Open Innovation : Models and Places in Urban China