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SEMINAR: Political Science and International Relations Seminar Series 2017

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Political Science and International Relations Seminar Series 2017 : The sharing economy, digital disruption and innovation in China Other events...
In this presentation I examine the evolution of the digital economy in China from the early 2000s to now. The key idea behind this is the integration of technological innovation (science & technology) and cultural creativity (arts and culture). The emphasis within the 13th Five Year Plan is for a digitally connected China in which young entrepreneurs now provide the driving force for the economy. Associated with this is the concept of the sharing economy, an economic model that is now taken up globally. I question if the sharing economy and grassroots innovation will deliver the scale of benefits that the industrial economy has achieved. The government’s slogan to incentivize such young entrepreneurs is ‘mass entrepreneurship, mass innovation.’ To illustrate I look at developments in Beijing (Inno Alley), Hangzhou (Dream Town, Cloud Town) and Shenzhen (Huaqiangbei Market). Noting the influence of China’s commercial digital companies such as Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent) in these cities I examine the potential of these spaces to generate digital disruption, and ultimately innovation.
Speaker(s) Professor Michael Keane, Curtin University
Location UWA Social Sciences building, room 2.63
Contact Mark Beeson <mark.beeson@uwa.edu.au>
Start Tue, 11 Apr 2017 13:00
End Tue, 11 Apr 2017 14:00
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <karen.eichorn@uwa.edu.au>
Last Updated Tue, 11 Apr 2017 08:38
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