Globalization of Entrepreneurial Innovations in China and Denmark

Title of project: Globalisation of Entrepreneurial Innovations in China and Denmark
Project group: Innovation Management
Year of commencement: 2011
Project introduction:




“Globalisation of Entrepreneurial Innovations in

China and Denmark” focusing on transnational entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs’ innovative activities in the respective countries.


The research focuses on people’s entry and participation in entrepreneurial and innovative activity in new and existing enterprises, on organization of activity and enterprises, as embedded in networks around enterprises and entrepreneurs and in institutions and systems in society, and on performance outcomes, notably innovation and innovation-related exporting and expectations for job-creation and growth. – The design is multi-level, e.g. analyzing micro-level activity in macro-level contexts of culture and social institutions, and often compares China to other societies, and is often longitudinal by tracking development of innovation in China. – Data are mainly from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, GEM, which since 2001 has conducted annual surveys, now covering China and 100+ other societies.


Primary contact person: Shahamak Rezaei, Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University

Thomas Schøtt, Prof., University of Southern Denmark


Fellow project partners: Jan Vang, Assoc. Prof., Aalborg University,

Kent W. Jensen, Assoc. Prof. University of Southern Denmark,

Rasmus Bertelsen Gjedssø, Prof. Aalborg University & Tromsø University

Jizhen LI, Assoc. Prof. Tsinghua University

Zhirong DUAN, Asst. Prof. Tsinghua University

Jian GAO, Prof. Tsinghua University

Mu RUI, PhD Tsinghua University

Chuqing ZHANG, PhD Tsinghua University

Ruoxin YANG, PhD Tsinghua University


SDC research project affiliation: Affiliated Ph.D.project


Shayegheh Ashourizadeh,

The pursuits of entrepreneurship and innovation among migrants, including Chinese emigrants.


As of Fall 2016 a new PhD student will be enrolled working on the PhD project:

”Innovation and entrepreneurship in transition: exploring women’s prospective contribution to China’s growing entrepreneurial economy and innovative advance/development”.

Non-academic research partners: Zhijun CHEN, Vice Director of Division of Industrial Clusters, Torch High Technology Industry Development Center at Ministry of Science and Technology
Home institution: Roskilde University, Department of Social Sciences and Business, Universitetsvej 1, Building 25.3. Tel.: +4540922986, Email: SHRE@RUC.DK

University of Southern Denmark,
Universitetsparken 1, 6000 Kolding, Email tsc (at)

Host institution: Tsinghua University

School of Economics and Management

Department of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy

Scheduled project activities: Teach Ph.D. courses and Paper Development Workshops for Ph.D. students.


Write new articles, mostly in collaboration with Chinese scholars, on globalization of entrepreneurial innovation in China and elsewhere.