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Emerging technologies and industries in developing countries: catching-up in the new ways or creating new pathways?

Emerging technologies and industries in developing countries: catching-up in the new ways or creating new pathways?



Joseph Yuan Zhou
T
singhua University (CHINA),
School of Public Policy and Management     

),
School of Economics and Management,  
Beijing University of Posts of 
Telecommunications  

Emerging technologies and industries in developing countries: Catching-up in new ways or creating new pathways? Emerging technologies and industries are receiving great attentions. Many developed nations encourage emerging industries to uphold their leadership position. On the other hand, many developing economies are striving to develop the emerging industries as well, in order to boost their economies and catch up in the global innovation race. Some even argue that these emerging technologies brings important 'window opportunities' for traditional technology-follower countries to create disruptive pathways for innovation leapfrogging. This raises two sub questions: Are technology-latecomers able to develop emerging industries when competing against traditional leading countries?  And, secondly, how can they achieve this (in what ways)?