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Disruptive Innovation Patterns Driven by Mega-Projects: A Sustainable Development Pattern Case of China’s High-Speed Rail

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School of Management and Economics, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081, China
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School of Public Policy and Management, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
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Sustainability 2018, 10(4), 1154; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10041154
Received: 27 February 2018 / Revised: 27 March 2018 / Accepted: 27 March 2018 / Published: 12 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Development and Management of Mega Projects)
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Abstract

Sustainable development of mega-projects has drawn many concerns around the world. The theory of disruptive innovation in mega-projects is a typical sustainable development pattern but still lacks systematic understanding. This article takes China’s high-speed rail (CHSR) project as an example to analyze the disruptive innovation pattern of mega-projects. First, this paper systematically traces the theories of disruptive innovation and summarizes the connotations of disruptive innovation. Simultaneously, from the historical development of several typical mega-projects in China, this paper summarizes the connotations of mega-projects. Based on two connotations, this paper summarizes the theoretical basis of disruptive innovation in mega-projects. Second, this paper takes the CHSR project as a case to analyze its innovation pattern from the analysis of the development process, operation mechanism and influence in sustainability; the disruptive innovation pattern is put forward afterward. Third, the discussion is drawn from the perspectives of the characteristics, scope of application and innovation environment of the disruptive innovation of CHSR. Last, the conclusions of this article are summarized. View Full-Text
Keywords: mega-projects; China’s high-speed rail; disruptive innovation; sustainable management pattern; innovative elements mega-projects; China’s high-speed rail; disruptive innovation; sustainable management pattern; innovative elements
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Gui, B.; Liu, Y.; Ju, Y.; Ye, X. Disruptive Innovation Patterns Driven by Mega-Projects: A Sustainable Development Pattern Case of China’s High-Speed Rail. Sustainability 2018, 10, 1154.

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