SCIENTIA GEOGRAPHICA SINICA ›› 2022, Vol. 42 ›› Issue (10): 1695-1705.doi: 10.13249/j.cnki.sgs.2022.10.002

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Spatial Pattern of Interurban Technology Transfer Network in China: A Case Study from the Corporate Holding and Patent Transfer

Liu Yaobin1,2(), Sun Min1()   

  1. 1. School of Economics&Management, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330031, Jiangxi, China
    2. Research Center of Central China Economic and Social Development, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330031, Jiangxi, China
  • Received:2021-05-14 Revised:2021-12-23 Online:2022-10-30 Published:2022-10-20
  • Contact: Sun Min;
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(41871155)


Based on the data of corporate holding in strategic emerging industries and the data of invention patents transfer among Chinese cities in 2018, the interurban technology transfer network based on corporate holding and patent transfer is constructed respectively. Combined with geospatial and complex network analysis methods, this paper analyzes the characteristics of urban centrality, multi-scale network correlation strength, community structure and distance attenuation. The results show that: 1) The urban intensity centrality of corporate holdings and patent transfers are distributed in “core-periphery” and banded clusters respectively. Regional central cities and developed eastern coastal cities have played a major intermediary role in the corporate and patent network. Patent transfer is more conducive to technology transfer in different professional categories than corporate holding; 2) The corporate network is hierarchical, and the patent network is more open and liquid. Among them, corporate holding is a coordinated unilateral leading transfer path, while patent transfer is a bilateral interactive transfer path pursuing efficiency; 3) The corporate network is mainly a geographically adjacent community structure of “contiguous gathering and gradually spreading”, while the patent network is a cross-regional group model of “partial partnership and extensive collaboration”; 4) Both corporate holding and patent transfer have obvious distance attenuation characteristics, but their distance attenuation patterns are different at different stages.

Key words: technology transfer, corporate holding, community structure, distance attenuation, city network

CLC Number: 

  • F061.5