Government's role in disruptive innovation and industry emergence: The case of the electric bike in China

Yi Ruan, Chang Chieh Hang, Yan Min Wang

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Abstract

The role of the government has rarely been examined in the previous literature on Disruptive Innovation (DI). We present a case study of how government shaped the development trajectory of a DI through both promotional and restrictive policies in the emergence of the electric bike (E-bike) industry in China. We also show how the distinctive nature of DI influenced the strategies of the E-bike firms and how the industry and the institutional environment co-evolved in the process. We believe our study has practical implications for policy makers in making catching-up strategies as well as strategies about the pollution prevention industry and the new energy automobile industry in transition economies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)785-796
Number of pages12
JournalTechnovation
Volume34
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Disruptive innovation
  • Electric bike
  • Government policy
  • Transition economy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (all)
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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