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Regions’ Technology Brokerage Patterns and Dynamics for Regional Development

Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, London WC1H 0NN, UK
Sustainability 2019, 11(9), 2540; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11092540
Received: 18 March 2019 / Revised: 19 April 2019 / Accepted: 26 April 2019 / Published: 1 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Urban and Rural Development)
While extant studies on brokerage address its structural competitiveness and network performance, few studies address the fundamental question of whether all the brokerage types have identical and positive effects on network development. Extending the Gould and Fernandez’s brokerage topology, the study measures the contribution of the brokerage roles over to the network evolution. For the purpose, the Chinese technology transfer flow networks were utilized to reveal the brokerage patterns of three anchor regions—Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen. The analysis outlines that Beijing and Shenzhen, as nation-wide brokerage hubs, transmit the technology across the whole regions, while Shanghai seems to be a more balanced broker region connecting the neighbour regions with the others. The longitudinal simulation analysis demonstrates that a liaison-type brokerage function, connecting the heterogeneous knowledge sources, contributes to the growth of the regional network. View Full-Text
Keywords: anchor region; technology transfer network; brokerage pattern; Chinese patent licensing anchor region; technology transfer network; brokerage pattern; Chinese patent licensing
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Seo, I. Regions’ Technology Brokerage Patterns and Dynamics for Regional Development. Sustainability 2019, 11, 2540.

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