The offshore innovation platform and its impact on regional innovation ecosystem development

Liang, Jiamin (2022) The offshore innovation platform and its impact on regional innovation ecosystem development. Doctoral thesis, Northumbria University.

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This thesis focuses on a new form of intermediary to help international technology transfer and innovation commercialisation. This thesis investigates how Offshore Innovation Platforms (OIP) and other stakeholders in regional innovation ecosystems join forces to build bridges across borders and across disciplinary boundaries. The researcher explores new collaboration solutions for reducing transactional costs, in order to nurture innovation and shape their own changing roles in the process. Three main research questions have been proposed to cover the research gap: (1) How does OIP play a role in the regional innovation ecosystem? (2) How does OIP help high-tech start-ups to grow? (3) What is the IP protection effect on imported technology transfer?

The researcher has used a qualitative research method to explore the first two research questions. Cases have been analysed in-depth and using a perspective based on micro-foundation theory. Along with network capacity, financial capacity and incubation capacity, the unique advantage of stakeholders from their original country can bring key success factors to enable the growth and sustainability of regional innovation ecosystems. Entrepreneurs have broadened their horizons by moving their focus from the regional innovation ecosystem to the broad international stage. Quantitative research method has been used to explore the impact of intellectual property protection on the imported technology transfer (to OIP’s home country). Provincial data from 2001 to 2013 has been tested with a GMM model as an illustration for new cross-border collaboration. The international property protection in its original country could enhance international technology transfer and thus have a positive effect on the role of OIP.

OIP can provide comprehensive collaboration opportunities towards cross-border innovation collaboration and add value to a variety of participants and co-produce a series of products or services for different user groups. OIPs can substantially strengthen international technology collaboration by deepening connections among relevant parties, injecting solid innovation resources into the regional innovation ecosystem, sharing more valuable and insightful knowledge and creating a continuous stream of interactive innovation. Alongside these advantages, it will empower entrepreneurs, SMEs and large companies, and help them to transfer their science and technology from the lab to the broader market. It will also help make comparisons with isolated innovation collaborations, contribute to the open innovation and conquer the growth limit of capitalism.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: high-tech start-ups, technology transfer, dynamic capability, transaction cost
Subjects: N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
University Services > Graduate School > Doctor of Philosophy
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 25 May 2022 07:35
Last Modified: 25 May 2022 08:00

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