PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2017, Vol. 36 ›› Issue (1): 78-86.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2017.01.008

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Evaluation and upgrading of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei regional collaborative innovation capacity

Yukang SUN1,2(), Guoping LI1,2,*()   

  1. 1. School of Government, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
    2. Innovation Consortium for Jing-Jin-Ji Collaborative Development, Beijing 100871, China
  • Received:2016-12-01 Online:2017-01-20 Published:2017-01-20
  • Contact: Guoping LI;
  • Supported by:
    Science and Technology Plan Projects of Beijing, No.Z161100003116052;National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41671120;MOE (Ministry of Education in China) Project of Humanities and Social Sciences, No.14YJC790136


Collaborative innovation is one of the core issues of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei integration and coordinated development. This study constructed a collaborative innovation index of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region for narrowing the gap of innovative level and promoting innovation cooperation among different regions and actors. From 2010 to 2014, while the overall innovation ability of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region has improved significantly, notable differences within the region remain and innovative collaboration among different regions and actors is still at a low level. In terms of the differences within the region, Beijing is far ahead in the fields of innovation investment, output, and environment. Tianjin is making rapid progress in innovation investment and high-tech industry development. Hebei has shown rapid growth in high-tech industry investment but slow progress in innovation output and environment. In terms of regional innovative collaboration among key actors, the role of enterprises is lagging far behind the developed regions. Although universities and research institutions have abundant research results, many of them remain unapplied. Lastly, in terms of the ability for cross-region innovative cooperation, Beijing has shown a "jumpy" diffusion pattern with much stronger influence and collaboration with faraway regions than its immediate neighboring areas of Tianjin and Hebei. The article concludes with recommendations on how to further clear the orientation and function division of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, create a better collaborative innovation market environment, make an industry-university-research institute system, and deepen the reform of the science and technology innovation system.

Key words: Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, collaborative innovation, innovation index, innovation policy