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