地理学报 ›› 2017, Vol. 72 ›› Issue (8): 1361-1372.doi: 10.11821/dlxb201708003

• 产业发展 • 上一篇    下一篇

德国在华知识密集制造业投资进入方式的时空特征及区位影响因素

符文颖(), 吴艳芳   

  1. 华南师范大学地理科学学院,广州 510631
  • 收稿日期:2016-11-22 修回日期:2017-03-12 出版日期:2017-08-20 发布日期:2017-08-23
  • 作者简介:

    作者简介:符文颖(1984-), 女, 海南海口人, 博士, 副教授, 中国地理学会会员(S110009141M), 主要从事产业集群和区域创新研究。E-mail:fuwenying@m.scnu.edu.cn

  • 基金资助:
    国际区域研究协会早期职业发展研究基金(2014年度);国家自然科学基金重点项目(41630635);国家自然科学基金项目(41301109)

Spatio-temporal characteristics and locational determinants for entry mode of German knowledge-intensive FDI in China

Wenying FU(), Yanfang WU   

  1. School of Geography, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631, China
  • Received:2016-11-22 Revised:2017-03-12 Online:2017-08-20 Published:2017-08-23
  • Supported by:
    Regional Studies Association Early Career Grant (2014);Key Project of National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41630635;National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41301109

摘要:

外资知识密集型制造业进入中国市场,对中国制造业升级转型起着一定的作用。本文围绕区域制度环境和区域吸收能力,探讨影响知识密集型企业进入方式的区域环境,旨在揭示知识密集型产业的外商进入方式的地理驱动机制,有利于加深理解在经济发展方式转型的时代背景下,区域与城市获得外生技术发展动力的机制。采用从1982-2014年德国在华投资企业数据库,结果发现,德国知识密集型制造企业在中国的投资呈现由沿海地区向内陆地区扩张、沿海中心城市向周边城市扩散的时空趋势,并且在1995年后,其进入方式从合资为主向独资为主转变。逻辑计量模型显示,德国知识密集型制造企业的进入方式受到多项区位因子的影响,其中地方人力资源水平和产业专业化水平是知识密集型制造企业选择以合资方式的进入中国市场的重要区位因素,表明区域知识吸收能力是形成全球—地方战略协同的关键变量;另一方面,实际使用外资存量和地方专利授权量这两个区位影响因素则会显著促成知识密集型制造企业采用独资的进入决策,反映了区域制度环境对吸引以知识产权保护为战略核心的知识密集型制造业的作用。

关键词: 知识密集型企业, 进入方式, 时空特征, 区位因素, 德国对华直接投资

Abstract:

Foreign direct investment in the knowledge-intensive manufacturing industry constitutes the key to industrial upgrading and economic restructuring in China. Present studies on foreign direct investment are still limited in regard to understanding their specific investment behaviors. Entry mode is the key strategy of foreign firms which determines their success in the host countries. Regions, as the basic spatial units with specific economic, social and cultural character, affect the entry mode of foreign firms to a great extent. This paper aims to reveal the geographical mechanism of the entry mode of FDI in the knowledge-intensive manufacturing sector, which advances the understanding of the exogenous-driven mechanism of urban and regional development within the context of economic restructuring in China nowadays. The theoretical framework of this paper proposes two fundamental locational factors influencing the choice of entry mode into the Chinese market: regional institutional environment and regional absorptive capacity. On the one hand, regional institutional environment is expected to influence the transaction cost of doing business in the host countries, in particular within the context of transition economies. When the regional institutional environment is better off, the knowledge-intensive firms tend to choose the wholly-owned entry mode to safeguard the interests of their own technology and reduce the risks of being rapidly imitated by local actors without costs. On the other hand, regional absorptive capacity enhances the willingness of foreign firms to form joint ventures with local firms in order to tap into the local knowledge pool. In regions with low absorptive capacity, foreign investment tends to constrain the scope of knowledge exchange within communities of foreign firms, and show limited willingness to cooperate and interact with local firms. Using the database of German knowledge-intensive FDI in China from 1982 to 2014, the analysis shows that the German FDI has been concentrated in the coastal areas of China. Spatio-temporal statistical analysis demonstrates that the location of German FDI has been spreading from coastal to inland provinces. In coastal provinces, it has been spreading from the central to the peripherial cities. Since 1995, the entry mode of German knowledge-intensive FDI has been shifting from joint ventures to wholly-owned mode. The logit model results further show that the entry mode of German FDI in knowledge-intensive sector is driven by multiple locational factors. On one hand, the decision of FDI firms to take joint ventures as the entry mode in the host country is influenced by the level of urban human capital and the degrees of industrial specialization. This implies that regional knowledge absorptive capacity is essential to the formation of local-global strategic coupling. On the other hand, the FDI stock and the number of authorized patents in the city significantly encourage the entry mode decision of a wholly-owned FDI firm, because the knowledge-intensive firms’ core competence lies in technology. These firms are most concerned about the issues on intellectual right protection. As a result, the regional institutional environment is an important locational determinant for the knowledge-intensive FDI firms.

Key words: knowledge-intensive firm, entry mode, spatial-temporal character, locational determinants, German direct investment in China