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A Network Analysis of Investment Firms as Resource Routers in Chinese Innovation Ecosystem

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Author(s): Neil Rubens | Kaisa Still | Jukka Huhtamaki | Martha G. Russell

Journal: Journal of Software
ISSN 1796-217X

Volume: 6;
Issue: 9;
Start page: 1737;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: innovation | ecosystems | network | analysis | china

ABSTRACT
This paper introduces the use of social network analysis for socially constructed data to study inter-organizational systems of innovation and their value-add supply chain. Through social network analysis, we explore the structure of relationships among Chinese technology-based companies, foreign technology- based companies with Chinese locations, Chinese investment firms, and foreign firms investing in Chinese companies – with particular attention to the business sectors related to e-commerce and internet security. We use an organizational sociology frame- work and socially constructed data in English to describe a Euro- American perspective on innovation ecosystems that link China globally.
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