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China’s Drive for the Technology Frontier Indigenous Innovation in the High-Tech Industry

By Yin Li Copyright 2023
    ISBN 9780367741839
    202 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    Published July 7, 2022 by Routledge

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    ISBN 9781003156451
    202 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    Published July 6, 2022 by Routledge

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    China has become an innovation powerhouse in high-tech industries, but the widely held view assumes the Chinese model is built on technological borrowing and state capitalism. This book debunks the myths surrounding the Chinese model with a fresh take on China’s strategies for technological innovation. The central argument is that indigenous innovation plays a critical role in transforming the Chinese high-tech industry. Like any successfully industrialized nation in history, indigenous innovation in China allows industrial enterprises to assimilate knowledge developed elsewhere, utilize science and technology resources and human capabilities accumulated in the country, and eventually approach the technological frontier. The question is, how do Chinese businesses and governments engage in indigenous innovation?

    Employing the "social conditions of innovative enterprise" framework developed by William Lazonick and colleagues, this book analyzes how the interaction of strategy, organization, and finance in leading Chinese high-tech firms underpinned by national institutions enables indigenous innovation with Chinese characteristics. It features detailed case studies of two critical high-tech industries—the telecom-equipment industry and the semiconductor industry—and within them, the business histories of leading Chinese innovators. The in-depth look into China’s experience in indigenous innovation provides valuable lessons for advanced and emerging economies.

    1 Introduction: Demystifying Innovation in China 2 China’s Path to Indigenous Innovation: A Historical Perspective 3 The Telecommunication Equipment Industry: The Rise of Innovative Enterprise 4 The Semiconductor Industry: Catch-up in Bleeding-Edge Technology 5 Conclusion: The Quest for Indigenous Innovation


    Yin Li is Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Shanghai Center for Innovation and Governance, Fudan University. His research interests are in the areas of science and technology policy, economics of innovation, and industrial development. Li holds a PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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