China's Leap into the Information Age: Innovation and Organization in the Computer Industry

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This book takes an inside look at the development of four large Chinese domestic computer enterprises from their inception to their establishment as multi-billion dollar businesses. It shows how and why indigenous Chinese high-tech firms gained technology capabilities and modern marketing know-how, and how they were able to compete directly with Western multinationals.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198295372
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 15.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Qiwen Lu was Assistant Professor of Asian Business at the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD) in Fontainbleau, France. He died of liver cancer in August 1999, just after submitting the completed manuscript of this book to the publisher. His research, some of which formed the basis for his Ph.D. dissertation at Harvard University, focused on the role of innovative business organizations in China's rapid economic growth. He did much of the fieldwork for this book as a research associate at the Center for Industrial Competitiveness at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. Besides his Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University, he held both engineering and law degrees from Chinese universities. He also worked for a number of years in China as a research scientist and R&D project manager in a national industrial laboratory and as a legal consultant for several high-tech firms.

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Table of Contents

Organizational barriers to technological innovation under central planning
The development of computer technology and the IT industry in China prior to the reform
Reform of China's national science and technology system and the rise of new science and technology enterprises
Enterprise governance and mode of technology learning: an analytical framework
Chapter 1: Stone Group Co.: Turning technological potential into commercial success under a new organizational framework
Founding and early history of Stone
New institutional structure of enterprise governance
Indigenous innovation, learning, and capability acquisition: progressive integration of R&D, marketing, and manufacturing
From a new high-tech venture to an industrial going concern
Concluding remarks
Chapter 2: Legend Group Co.: A model of 'one academy, two systems'
Early history
Technological resources and managerial autonomy: relations with the Institute of Computing Technology
Technology commercialization and market expansion
Internationalization and industrialization
Continual expansion
Concluding remarks
Chapter 3: Founder Group Co.: The changing organization of innovation
The organization of large-scale industrial R&D under central planning
Entry of Founder
Relations with the university
Wellspring of innovation: indigenous capability and new organizational structure
Road to big business
Concluding remarks
Chapter 4: China Great Wall Computer Co.: Transforming the state-run computer industry
Mandarins becoming entrepreneurs: a new approach to organizing the state-run computer industry
Building integrated organizational capabilities
Corporate renewal through strategic alliances
Concluding remarks
Chapter 5: A New Mode of Technology Learning
Coupling between technology commercializationand non-governmentalization
New institutional structure of enterprise governance
Trajectory of learning: progressive integration of R&D, marketing, and manufacturing capabilities
Evolving structure of corporate governance
Concluding remarks

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