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Sustainability 2018, 10(1), 39; doi:10.3390/su10010039

Innovation Ecosystem of CNG Vehicles: A Case Study of Its Cultivation and Characteristics in Sichuan, China

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Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation, Ministry of Commerce, Beijing 100710, China
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School of Social Sciences, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
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Received: 17 October 2017 / Revised: 19 November 2017 / Accepted: 4 December 2017 / Published: 25 December 2017
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Abstract

Under the constraints of resources and environment, China is eager to cultivate a new industrial system with ecological characteristics in light of local circumstances. This paper selects the innovation ecosystem of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles in Sichuan, China as the objective of the case study to explore its cultivation and characteristics. The theoretical significance lies in three areas. Firstly, the cultivation path of the CNG vehicle innovation ecosystem is manifested. Secondly, the symbiotic process model among the communities within the CNG vehicle innovation ecosystem is found. Thirdly, the substitutive process model of the CNG vehicle innovation ecosystem is discovered, which reveals the substitutability among innovation ecosystems, the communities of similar products, and the enterprises of similar products. This paper is of theoretical, practical, and political significance for the development of a CNG vehicle innovation ecosystem in emerging markets in terms of regional energy security and emission reduction. View Full-Text
Keywords: innovation ecosystem; CNG vehicles; cultivation path; strategic management innovation ecosystem; CNG vehicles; cultivation path; strategic management
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Ding, L.; Wu, J. Innovation Ecosystem of CNG Vehicles: A Case Study of Its Cultivation and Characteristics in Sichuan, China. Sustainability 2018, 10, 39.

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