Inside Story Of China's High-Tech Industry

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In the 1980s, China faced the monumental task of creating, from scratch, internationally competitive companies. This challenge was especially daunting in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector. The Inside Story of China's High-Tech Industry describes the emergence and growth of this industry in China through a historically situated analysis of China's leading science park, Beijing's Zhongguancun, also known as China's Silicon Valley. Zhou challenges the prevailing view that foreign multinational corporations and exports are the driving forces for technological progress in less developed countries by arguing that, in the case of China, it is the conjunction of domestic and export markets that has provided the main impetus to technological learning and the development of industry competitiveness. This is the best treatment to date of China's most important innovation region. It will be useful for scholars and students in the fields of economics, regional sciences, geography, planning, sociology, information technology, and business management, as well as for anyone interested in the rise of China and global technological development.

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Editorial Reviews

Eurasian Geography and Economics
A landmark contribution to China’s understudied R&D. This outstanding work represents some of the finest recent scholarship in Chinese urban and regional studies, which hopefully will lead to more case studies of individual industrial parks. I recommend it enthusiastically to those who are interested in science and technology development in Chinese cities.
Regional Studies
The most comprehensive and readable account of the development of the Zhongguancun (ZGC) high-technology area in Beijing to date. . . . It is by far the most informative and rich history of ZGC, and the combination of English and Chinese sources makes the evidence highly convincing. . . . A must-read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742555808
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Series: Asia/Pacific/Perspectives Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 214
  • Product dimensions: 0.49 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Yu Zhou is associate professor in the Department of Earth Science and Geography at Vassar College.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 1. Making Silicon Valley in China: Zhongguancun Chapter 3 2. From Offspring to Rebel: The Birth of ZGC and the Transformation of China's Science and Technology Establishments, 1950s-1980s Chapter 4 3. Foreign "Wolf" and Local "Lamb": Multinational Companies and Resurgence of ZGC in the 1990s Chapter 5 4. The Internet and the Restructuring of ZGC, 1998-2003 Chapter 6 5. The Anatomy of ZGC: The Domestic Companies Chapter 7 6. The Dynamics of Internationalization in ZGC Chapter 8 7. Grassroots Transnationals: Returnee Entrepreneurs Chapter 9 8. China's Technical Standard Strategies: Toward an Alternative Path Chapter 10 Conclusion Chapter 11 References

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