De-Centering 'Spatial Fix' - Patterns of Territorialization and Regional Technological Dynamism of ICT Hubs in China

Journal of Economic Geography, p. 1, 2009

32 Pages Posted: 14 Sep 2010

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Yifei Sun

California State University, Northridge - Department of Geography

George C.S. Lin

The University of Hong Kong

Yehua Dennis Wei

University of Utah - Department of Geography and Institute of Public & International Affairs

Yu Zhou

Vassar College - Department of Earth Science and Geography

Date Written: February 4, 2009

Abstract

[This paper critically assesses Harvey’s “spatial fix” thesis through systematically comparing the spatial patterns and dynamics of three key regions of China’s information and communication industry (ICT). The divergent territorialization is analyzed by broadening the concepts of global pipelines and local buzz to the context of developing countries. The research is based on a large-scale survey conducted in 2006–7 in three mega-city regions of China: Beijing, Shanghai-Suzhou, and Shenzhen-Dongguan. The research found marked regional differences in industrial structure, ownership, export-orientation, and technological investment, but also a surprising convergence of technological dynamism among foreign and domestic firms within each region. The data established an unmistakable negative association between transnational corporation (TNC)–led export and technological investments. Beijing - the least foreign-oriented region - outperformed all others by a substantial margin in all measures of technological dynamism, highlighting the importance of indigenous R&D for domestic capital and for attracting technology intensive foreign capital

Keywords: High-Tech, R&D, China, ICT Industry, Transnational Corporation

JEL Classification: O19, O3, D24, E11, E22, F15, L63, N65, P26

Suggested Citation

Sun, Yifei and Lin, George C.S. and Wei, Yehua Dennis and Zhou, Yu, De-Centering 'Spatial Fix' - Patterns of Territorialization and Regional Technological Dynamism of ICT Hubs in China (February 4, 2009). Journal of Economic Geography, p. 1, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1676802

Yifei Sun

California State University, Northridge - Department of Geography ( email )

Northridge, CA 91330
United States

George C.S. Lin

The University of Hong Kong ( email )

Pokfulam Road
Hong Kong, Pokfulam HK
China

Yehua Dennis Wei

University of Utah - Department of Geography and Institute of Public & International Affairs ( email )

1645 E. Campus Center
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.geog.utah.edu/~weiy/

Yu Zhou (Contact Author)

Vassar College - Department of Earth Science and Geography ( email )

124 Raymond Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
United States

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