PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2015, Vol. 34 ›› Issue (5): 648-656.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2015.05.013

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Chinese equipment manufacturing enterprises' choice of collaborative innovation partners:empirical analysis based on a questionnaire survey of 249 enterprises participated in the 2013 China International Industry Fair

Qin YE, Gang ZENG, Hongting CHEN   

  1. The Center for Modern Chinese City Studies, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062, China
  • Received:2014-11-01 Revised:2015-03-01 Online:2015-06-17 Published:2015-06-17


China has a large equipment manufacture industry. However, compared with developed countries such as Germany, Japan, and the United States, the technology level, innovation ability, and collaborative innovation competence of China's equipment manufacturing industry are far less advanced. In order to identify the types of collaborative innovation partners and influencing factors of the equipment manufacturing industry in China, this study uses a multinomial Logit model to analyze 249 samples from a questionnaire survey at the 15th China International Industry Fair (CIIF) with respect to the industrial chain, integration of production and research, and collaboration between enterprises, and put forward suggestions to promote collaborative innovation. The results reveal that 50% of these enterprises chose clients and suppliers as the most important collaborative partners to develop new mechanical products, 25% of them chose universities and research institutions as collaborative partners, and 10% chose enterprises in the same industry. However, 15% of them did not have any innovation partners. The size of enterprises, research and development (R&D) activities within the enterprises, ability of knowledge absorption, and government support are the main factors that impact the selection of innovation partners. Therefore, a combination of short-term and long-term, as well as vertical and horizontal measures should be taken to push forward collaborative innovation of China's equipment manufacturing industry.

Key words: equipment manufacturing industry, collaborative innovation, choice of innovation partners, China