Catch-up, Innovation and Technological Leadership under Sectoral Change: Evidence from an Emerging Market Wind Energy Sector

Yixin Dai, Stine Jessen Haakonsson, Lars Oehler

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This paper analyzes differences in latecomer firms’ catch-up trajectories in the context of major technological regime shifts. Combining the frameworks of sectoral innovation systems, catch-up cycles, and technological regimes, the paper advances our understanding of latecomer firms’ catch-up under sectoral change where the technological frontier is moving. This paper finds that latecomer firms show different capabilities and strategies in responding to technological change, which explains variations in catch-up trajectories. This allows for identifying enabling factors for technological catch-up at the national and firm levels. This study draws on empirical evidence from the Chinese wind energy sector and provides novel insights into the concepts of catch-up cycles and technological leadership in emerging markets.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2019
Number of pages47
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event2019 CICALICS Academy and Workshop: Global Collaborative Innovation Systems – Current Trends and Probing for the Future - Xijiao Hotel, Beijing, China
Duration: 20 Aug 201925 Aug 2019


Conference2019 CICALICS Academy and Workshop
LocationXijiao Hotel
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  • Catch-up cycles
  • Technological regimes
  • Sectoral innovation systems
  • Windows of opportunity
  • Wind power
  • China

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