When Philipp Böing sat in Beijing in 2010 and analysed patent papers, few people were interested in Chinese innovation funding. The research community did not concern itself with it, and he had to painstakingly search for the data. “I can remember spending days in the copy room of the National Bureau of Statistics, trying to gather the figures from the yearbooks.” But Philipp Böing was determined to find out for his master’s thesis how much innovation potential there was in this country, which 15 years earlier had still been a planned economy. His conclusion at the time: there is clearly room for improvement.
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