This paper aims to unravel the technological innovation pattern in China’s aerospace industry. The technological innovation pattern of China’s aerospace industry is identified and its theoretical foundation, structure, philosophy, formation and effects on the development of China’s aerospace industry are explored.
First, the theoretical foundation of synergy innovation of China’s aerospace industry is reviewed to further identify the technological innovation pattern. Second, Chinese ancient philosophy (dialectical thinking) is used to explain the structure and process of synergy innovation in China’s aerospace industry. Third, the formation process of synergy innovation is introduced, and, finally, the effects of synergy innovation are discussed.
The technological innovation pattern of China’s aerospace industry has undergone an evolutionary process. During this process, China’s aerospace firms have formed a unique technological innovation pattern, synergy innovation, under China’s special political and economic background. The synergy innovation has three characteristics, including original, integrated and application-based. The synergy innovation pattern application is one of the most important reasons behind the great achievements of China’s aerospace industry.
A unique technological innovation pattern, synergy innovation, is proposed for the first time. A new perspective for understanding innovation is provided by applying the Chinese dialectical thinking to decipher the philosophy of the technological innovation pattern. Based on this, this paper suggests that China’s aerospace industry should follow the situation and apply the synergy innovation pattern to achieve development and growth. This paper also illustrates a multi-method approach and emphasizes the different levels of organizing for innovation.
This work was supported by Shandong Higher School Research project of Humanities and Social Sciences (J14WG69), National Science Foundation for Post-doctoral Scientists of China (201104424, 2012M520697), National Natural Science Foundation of China (71472055, 71272175, 71002061), Heilongjiang Philosophy and Social Science Research Project (14B105), and the Project sponsored by SRF for ROCS, SEM.
Gao, P., Liu, Y., Li, X. and Wang, Y. (2015), "Unraveling the technological innovation pattern of China’s aerospace: synergy innovation", Chinese Management Studies, Vol. 9 No. 4, pp. 501-527. https://doi.org/10.1108/CMS-07-2015-0160Download as .RIS
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