SCIENTIA GEOGRAPHICA SINICA ›› 2015, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (1): 66-74.doi: 10.13249/j.cnki.sgs.2015.01.66

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Regional Collaborative Innovation Based on the Relational Model of Ability Structure

Fei FAN1,2, De-bin DU1(), Xiao-jun YOU1, Lei SHENG3, Ze-lei XIAO4   

  1. 1. Center for Innovation Strategic Studies, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200241, China
    2. Institute for the Development of Central China, Wuhan University, Wuhan, Hubei 430079, China
    3. Hong Kong & Macao Studies Center of Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, Shanghai 200020, China
    4. Hubei Institute of Economic and Social Development, Central China Normal University, Wuhan, Hubei 430079, China
  • Received:2014-02-25 Revised:2014-07-29 Online:2015-01-15 Published:2015-01-15


According to the connotation of the structure of regional synergy innovation ability, this article constructed an index system of regional collaborative innovation study from 5 aspects, that is knowledge innovation, technological innovation, industrial innovation, service innovation ability and innovation enviroment ability. Using the relational model of ability structure, this article measured different kinds of innovation ability structure of 31 provinces in China from 1998 to 2011, and revealed the balance degree and match degree of inter-regional innovation ability structure from space-time dimension, then on this basis, analyzed relatively change trend and space-time connection of benefits that different provinces received from inter-regional synergy innovation. The results showed that: 1) the provincial innovation capabilities were on the rise during the study period, but the distribution pattern of regional integrated innovation capability had not changed, still showed ladder-like distribution: higher in the east, lower in the west and intermediate in the central part of China, and the gaps between them had gradually expanded. 2) The scale, density and range of coupling network of regional innovation capability structure at provincial scale witnessed rapid progress and improvement, and the distribution of innovation capability kept optimizing. The development of coupling network of regional innovation capability structure on a provincial scale represented great imbalance in space, and there existed an obvious pattern of spatial stratification and core-periphery spatial differentiation. 3) The quality of benefits came from regional synergy innovation was not high, and although the value and ratio of the benefit gained from inter-regional synergy innovation was remarkably different among regions, the spatial pattern of regional synergy innovation was set to be stable. It is obvious that the areas with high regional synthetic innovation capability dominated in the regional synergy innovation during its cooperation with the areas with low regional synthetic innovation capability.

Key words: regional collaborative innovation, ability structure, provincial areas, synergy innovation benefits

CLC Number: 

  • F129.9