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Harmony or conflict? The coordination of Chinese technology policy (1978‐2006)

Jisheng Peng (School of Business, Nanjing University, Nanjing, People's Republic of China)
Weiguo Zhong (School of Management, Nanjing Audit University, Nanjing, People's Republic of China)
Shihong Wang (College of Business, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China)

Journal of Technology Management in China

ISSN: 1746-8779

Article publication date: 25 September 2009

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the coordination of Chinese technology policy and assess its contribution to technology progress and economy development.

Design/methodology/approach

A method was developed to assess the coordination and its tendency of technology policy based on technology policy quantification. In addition, econometric models were built to estimate performance of technology policy coordination.

Findings

Chinese technology policy coordination shows significant characteristics in different periods; the level of policy coordination is promoted rapidly because the institutional path‐dependence and the competition of benefits among departments have aggravated an already unbalanced emphasis on the wording of the technology policy during the process of economic and political reform. The coordination among departments, coordination of policy goals and coordination of policy means play different roles in technology progress and economy development.

Research limitations/implications

Because of the limitation of data and time, the paper cannot assess the coordination among policy goals and policy means. Also, it is necessary to study the interaction of different principals and agencies during technology policy formulation and execution.

Practical implications

The methods in the paper can easily be used by decision makers evaluating the situation of technology policy coordination, and optimize policy based on the relationship of different policy targets and policy implements, especially the interaction of different principals and agencies.

Originality/value

The paper develops a method to assess technology policy coordination based on technology policy quantification and builds econometric models to assess its contribution to technology progress and economy development.

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Citation

Peng, J., Zhong, W. and Wang, S. (2009), "Harmony or conflict? The coordination of Chinese technology policy (1978‐2006)", Journal of Technology Management in China, Vol. 4 No. 3, pp. 217-238. https://doi.org/10.1108/17468770911013537

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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