China’s Emerging Technological Trajectory: Challenges and Opportunities

December 2, 2011

Smeal Auditorium - Room 110 Business Building

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

The objective of this workshop is to develop a deeper, more profound understanding of the goals and intentions of the Chinese government regarding its strategy for promoting greater levels of indigenous innovation. Formally initiated in early 2006 as part of the launch of the 15 Year Medium-to-Long Term Plan for Science and Technology (2006- 2020), the push for indigenous innovation has prompted a great deal of controversy among foreign observers, many of whom are concerned about the seemingly protectionist dimensions of the current set of policies. At the same time, it also must be recognized that the effort to enhance the quality and quantity of indigenous innovation must be viewed in the context of China’s pressing need to transition the Chinese economy away from dependence on the so-called “factory to the world” model. Under this model, while growth has been extensive, it has also brought with it numerous difficulties, including many negative consequences regarding China’s environment and also in terms of Chinese excessive reliance on the burning of fossil fuels. Bringing together a select group of experts from academia, government, and business, this workshop will serve as a vehicle for addressing core questions.

Panel 1: 2:30 - 4:00pm

China’s Innovation System-Goals and Hurdles

Moderator: Erich Schienke, Penn State

  1. China’s Innovation System in a Global Context - Denis Simon, University of Oregon
  2. China’s Evolving IPR Regime--Is China Really an Intellectual Property Pirate? - R.P. Suttmeier, University of Oregon Emeritus
  3. China and India: Innovation Leaders or Followers? Carl Dahlman, Georgetown University

Panel 1 Discussants: Mark Cohen, Fordham University & Darryl Farber, Penn State

  • Coffee break - 4:00-4:15
Panel 2: 4:15 - 6:00pm
China’s Innovation Dilemmas and Hurdles Moderator: Denis Simon, Univ of Oregon
  1. Creativity, Chinese Style: The Role of Chinese Culture - Ping Li Psychology, Penn State
  2. The Legal Dimensions of IPR in China: Constraints on Domestic Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Mark Cohen, Fordham
  3. Closing the High Tech Gap: Can China Re-create the Silicon Valley Experience? - Yu Zhou, Vassar
  4. Environmental Issues and China’s Innovation Priorities: Is the Chinese Model Sustainability Focused? - Erich Schienke, Penn State
Panel 2 Discussants: R.P. Suttmeier, Univeristy of Oregon & Yifei Sun, Cal State Northridge
This event is made possible through the generous support of the Penn State Confucius Institute, Center for Global Studies, and the Science, Technology, and Society Program.
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