GEOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH ›› 2010, Vol. 29 ›› Issue (3): 491-499.doi: 10.11821/yj2010030012

• Economy and Regional Development • Previous Articles     Next Articles

Empirical study on industrial isomorphism comparing Fujian and Taiwan provinces by the similar coefficient and R/S

WEI Su-qiong1, CHEN Yan-hua2, GEN Jing-huan1   

  1. 1. College of Geographical Sciences, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou 350007, China;
    2. Department of Teaching Affairs, Hainan Normal University, Haikou 571158, China
  • Received:2009-02-26 Revised:2009-09-28 Online:2010-03-20 Published:2010-03-20


Industrial isomorphism is one of the bottlenecks to the development of regional integration and industrial promotion in economic areas. Fujian and Taiwan, which have geographical proximities and historical/cultural similarities as well as their comparable stages of economic development in different periods, were chosen to be research objects in this paper. From fields of three kinds of industries, the industry and the tertiary industry, firstly, whose present situation and change of industrial structure were analyzed by using the similar coefficient. Secondly, the trend of industrial structure would be forecasted through such a method as R/S from fractal theory. The results show that the phenomenon of industrial isomorphism in these two regions is obvious. If the three industries continue to develop under the circumstances, the level of industrial isomorphism will continue to increase, and the manufacturing industry will be fluctuant in the rising trend, while the level of industrial isomorphism decreased slowly in tertiary industry, but it will be growing in the future as a whole. However, the appearance of industrial isomorphism between Fujian and Taiwan has its own inevitability. Because of the similarity of resource, economic development and economic connection, it does a great benefit to the occurrence of industrial isomorphism. At the same time, industrial isomorphism reveals a trend that industrial division between Fujian and Taiwan has passed from vertical to horizontal. Therefore, in macroscopic view, the industrial isomorphism may not bring negative influence to the future economic cooperation between Fujian and Taiwan. With the level of the similar industrial structure increasing process, the paper put forward some suggestions on the direction of economic development and the adjustment of industrial structure for Fujian Province.

Key words: industrial isomorphism, the similar coefficient, R/S, Fujain and Taiwan provinces