Journal of Science and Technology Policy in China

ISSN: 1758-552X

Article publication date: 24 February 2012


Yu, J. (2012), "Editorial", Journal of Science and Technology Policy in China, Vol. 3 No. 1. https://doi.org/10.1108/jstpc.2012.43803aaa.001



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Article Type: Editorial From: Journal of Science and Technology Policy in China, Volume 3, Issue 1

The Journal of Science and Technology Policy in China (JSTPC) is seeing the publication of its third volume. As the editor-in-chief of the journal, I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge all the people for their support offered to this journal in the past two years. We are glad that JSTPC has extended its impact beyond the academic circles to reach more international organizations, policy makers and professional administers.

Globalization has aroused intensified debates in terms of its role in re-structuring the world’s economy and the new opportunities it might bring to the developing world. China is among the countries about which the world is interested in knowing better in order to understand and predict her global and regional impacts. As a more and more visible economic power, China enjoys the edge by virtue of her 1.3 billion population, the great market this population represents, and the creativity potential due to her strengthening scientific and engineering manpower.

Recently, the traditional image of China as merely a producer of low-end products is changing and research on scientific frontiers has increased considerably in more and more leading Chinese research institutions. Advanced science and technology are needed not only to maintain her economic growth, but also to boost the nation’s international prestige. With the quickly growing funding allocated to the production of knowledge and patents, China is making impressive advancement and even trying to challenge the dominating positions of the Western countries in some hi-tech sectors. Therefore, China’s policies related to areas such as standardization, commercialization and intellectual property protection will attract close attention worldwide and have far-reaching implications beyond China’s borders.

As to China, the country’s size allows it to explore new knowledge and technologies in different scientific fields simultaneously and compete across many industries and sectors, unlike some other developing countries. Recently, China demonstrated her firm resolution to pursue an innovation-oriented society, and encouraged more and more foreign companies to invest in R&D activities in China while some Chinese firms are also actively establishing their overseas R&D power.

Consequently, China would hopefully gain competitive power in a number of areas soon if China can adopt appropriate innovation policies and strategies.

There also has been a serious debate on China’s science and technology. How will China reshape the global science and technology landscapes? What kind of technology strategy should China take, a follower or a leadership one? How should China promote indigenous and open innovations amid globalization? Are the mega-programs launched by the government effective in building national technological capacity? What are the low-carbon innovation patterns for China? We hope the new volume of JSTPC can extend the high-quality academic dialogue to these topics.

Can China nurture the radical technology in the near future? In this starting issue of the third volume, using a historical and trans-disciplinary review, Anton Kriz proposes eight stepping stones for China to advance from its current situation to a position where creativity and radical technology will re-emerge.

Are Chinese S&T statistics reliable to measure the real strength of China’s S&T system? Denis Fred Simon and Cong Cao discuss the reliability of official Chinese statistics in general, reviewing the evolution of China’s S&T statistical system while highlighting the main sources of such statistics, and pointing out some of the particular problems related to China’s S&T statistics, in a bid to provide perspectives about how to best use and interpret these important data.

Antonio K.W. Lau, Sandy L.S. Kong and Erik Baark investigate how Chinese firms can deal with today’s business environment in the wave of globalization by reviewing the key academic literature on the characteristics of business firms’ intellectual property (IP) strategies. Given that more and more Chinese firms are developing new innovative capabilities and finally need to protect their own IP in domestic or international markets, it is necessary for these firms to align their emerging IP strategies with future business strategies.

In the final paper, Jing Hua Li makes a cross-framework for service innovation research in China, with the first perspective exploring the paradigms of service innovation while studying the interaction between services and manufacturing. Furthermore, the policy-related implication focused on accelerating the marketalization of services to improve motivation and capability of service innovation.

JSTPC’s uniqueness lies in her efforts to integrate fundamental and empirical research with policy explorations. It aims at serving the interests of leading colleagues in universities, government agencies, business and other institutions. The journal will continue to act as an important and influential platform for ongoing dialogue between scholars and practitioners in terms of China’s S&T policy and development strategy.

Today China’s scientific research is taking place in a globalized context. JSTPC insists on the principle of international diversity. With the joint efforts from its international editorial committee, international review experts and international authors, JSTPC will firmly push forward the mission of publishing high quality papers in this area.

We are proud of the strong support from the Chinese Association for Science of Science and S&T Policy Research (CASSSTP). CASSSTP is a leading national academic body devoted to the research of China’s science of science and S&T policy. Many scholars affiliated to CASSSTP have given valuable support to our journal.

We would like to express our great thanks to the wonderful support from the editorial team. Of course we would also like to thank the authors contributing their best researches to JSTPC. Last but not least, thanks for the excellent support from the Emerald team.

Jiang YuOn behalf of the Editorial Team of JSTPC