1st Edition

Global Networks and Innovation in China International Linkages and Indigenous Efforts

Edited By Tian Wei, Maoliang Bu Copyright 2021
    124 Pages
    by Routledge

    124 Pages
    by Routledge

    After almost twenty years of internationalization, Chinese firms have shown their growing innovation capability through benefiting from global networks and domestic efforts. However, how Chinese firm innovation is facilitated at the international and domestic levels remains to be understood.

    This book investigates innovation in China from three aspects. First, starting at the international level, the effects of Chinese–foreign linkages in innovation are examined from the relationship view and the foreign ownership perspective. Second, before moving to the domestic level, the moderating role of global networks (e.g., global supply chain collaboration) is examined to understand the relationship between competition of unregistered firms and innovation of registered firms. Third, at the domestic level, innovation is studied from both upstream and downstream of the value chain: consumers’ decision-making in innovative products and strategic choices, and environment constraints for product innovation.

    Collectively, this book actively investigates innovation in China at international and domestic levels. It investigates how the global networks contribute to innovation in China and how domestic Chinese firms strengthen their innovation capability. The volume, thus, makes an important attempt to extend existing knowledge on this subject and provides new insights to scholars and practitioners.

    The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of International Studies of Management & Organization.

    Introduction: Global Networks and Innovation in China—International Linkages and Indigenous Efforts

    Tian Wei and Maoliang Bu

    1. Innovation Through Linkage, Leverage, and Learning: The Case of Monk Fruit Corporation

    Joanna Scott-Kennel, Haolin Yin and Michele E. M. Akoorie

    2. Foreign Ownership and External Knowledge Acquisition: A Comparison between International Subsidiaries and Local Firms in China

    Zhi Yang and Tian Wei

    3. How Does Competition By Informal Firms Affect The Innovation In Formal Firms?

    Jorge A. Heredia Pérez, Xiaohua Yang, Ou Bai, Alejandro Flores and Walter Heredia Heredia

    4. Applying Complexity Theory To Understand Chinese Consumers’ Decision-Making In Innovative Products

    Zhe Zhang, Yuansi Hou and Yongmin Zhu

    5. Success Factors for Product Innovation in China’s Manufacturing Sector: Strategic Choice and Environment Constraints

    Zhenzhong Ma and Quan Jin


    Tian Wei is Professor in School of Management, Fudan University. Her research interests cover cross-border acquisitions and corporate social entrepreneurship. She has published in leading management journals, including Journal of Management Studies and British Journal of Management. She has served as an editor for Management and Organization Review, and Asian Case Research Journal.

    Maoliang Bu is Associate Professor at Nanjing University. He has published in leading academic journals including Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS) and Strategic Management Journal (SMJ). He has served as an editor for Journal of Business Ethics, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, and Journal of International Management.