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Innovation and Industrial Development in China
A Schumpeterian Perspective on China’s Economic Transformation

ISBN 9781032089904
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
208 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book focuses on China's economic transformation at firm and institution levels.

It shares insights into the growth of innovative Chinese firms in the automobile and telecom equipment sectors, both of which promoted social dialogue of policy-making and ultimately contributed to a policy paradigm shift in China's 'indigenous innovation'. The book illustrates, through case studies on firms like Geely, the Chery, the BYD, Huawei, the ZTE and the DTT, how these firms behave differently from other local actors and what social conditions had contributed to their success.

The book will help those who are interested to learn more about the rise of innovative Chinese firms to better understand the dynamics of China's industrial progress.

Table of Contents

1. From Imitation to Innovation: A Policy Transition

2. Requesting an Innovative Firm Theory for Catching-up Study

3. Schumpeterian Competition: The Rise of Chinese Local Innovative Firms

4. Retrospect: "Trading Market for Technology" Policy and Its Impact on Chinese State-Owned Enterprises

5. Re-emergence of Engineers: Organizational System of Local Innovative Firms

6. Various Sources of Organizing: Social Conditions for the Transformation

7. Conclusion: Change of Organizational Pattern and Rise of China’s Indigenous Innovation

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Kaidong Feng is an Associate Professor in the School of Government, Peking University, Beijing, China.


"A vivid account of the development and recent spread of real innovativeness in Chinese industry. Feng Kaidong knows Huawei and other innovators from the inside. He also knows the history of innovative styles of management in China from their roots in Maoism of the 1950s – and history matters in China. A marvellously insightful book." — Andrew Tylecote, Emeritus Professor of the Economics and Management of Technological Change, University of Sheffield

"Anyone who wants to be informed about how China is becoming an innovation nation must read Professor Kaidong Feng’s new book, Innovation and Industrial Development in China. Professor Feng displays his deep knowledge of the transformation of the Chinese automobile and telecom equipment industries from the earlier era of "trading market for technology" to the current era of "indigenous innovation". Since the 1980s, these industries have been central to China’s dramatic economic transformation. A scholar who has spent years engaged in field research on these industries, Professor Feng analyzes how organizational learning is the essence of innovative enterprise. He has also been at the forefront of the Chinese policy debate on the relation between business strategy and government policy in the process of industrial development. Given China’s increasingly important position as an industrial power, I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in understanding innovation and competition in the global economy."Professor William Lazonick, President, The Academic-Industry Research Network and Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts