Knowledge accumulation, development potential and efficiency evaluation: an example using the Hainan free trade zone

Malin Song (Anhui University of Finance and Economics, Bengbu, China)
Jing Wang (Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China)
Shuhong Wang (Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China)
Danqing Zhao (Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China)

Journal of Knowledge Management

ISSN: 1367-3270

Publication date: 13 October 2018

Abstract

Purpose

The establishment of free trade zones (FTZs) is an important experiment as part of the reform and opening up policy. This paper aims to focus on the issue of production efficiency of environmental protection enterprises in FTZs. Changes in the external and internal environments of enterprises can easily lead to changes in the production efficiencies of enterprises. The establishment of FTZs can change the external environment of enterprises. Knowledge accumulation changes the internal environment of enterprises. However, traditional efficiency analysis has usually ignored the internal and external heterogeneity of decision-making units, resulting in the distortion of the evaluation results.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper examines the relationship between knowledge accumulation and development potential based on financial data of environmental protection enterprises that were listed in Shanghai and Shenzhen A stocks, from 2009 to 2016. Then, through data envelopment analysis cross-efficiency analysis of the listed environmental protection enterprises from external heterogeneity, BP neural network model is set up.

Findings

The results show that the model set up in this paper is stable and reliable. The paper makes policy suggestions such as stimulating trade inside industry, quickening technological progress and enhancing environmental protection.

Originality/value

This paper analyzes the economy, environmental protection, science and technology and education to simulate the external environment of enterprises. Based on the experience data from the completion of Shanghai FTZ, this paper predicts the future development potential of Hainan FTZ enterprises.

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Citation

Song, M., Wang, J., Wang, S. and Zhao, D. (2018), "Knowledge accumulation, development potential and efficiency evaluation: an example using the Hainan free trade zone", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JKM-06-2018-0368

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