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Low-carbon disruptive innovation in China.

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2010
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Knowledge-based Innovation in China
Issue number3
Number of pages14
Pages (from-to)269-282
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Purpose – This paper seeks to explore arguments for the importance of disruptive innovation to China's low-carbon transition, while such innovation is generally overlooked and/or belittled. Design/methodology/approach – The paper builds on the multi-level perspective (MLP) of systems transitions being developed by interdisciplinary scholars regarding low-carbon innovation to explore the multiple opportunities regarding disruptive innovation in the case of China. Findings – This exploration details that at the levels of business strategy, national economic development and governance of a transition to ecological sustainability, there is a strong prima facie case that disruptive innovation offers singular opportunities in China regarding low-carbon innovation, while a focus on hi-tech innovation alone is unlikely to effect the radical systems transition needed. Practical implications – Acknowledging and incorporating such opportunities is thus to be encouraged, both in China and elsewhere, including in the formulation of low-carbon innovation policy. A concerted research programme for ongoing and iterative “second-order” learning about concrete examples of disruptive low-carbon innovation is advocated. Social implications – The increased opportunities for dispersed social involvement in a low-carbon transition through disruptive innovation are discussed. Originality/value – The paper offers a novel synthesis of diverse literatures to advocate a significantly different approach to low-carbon innovation than is evidenced in current policy and policy discourse.