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China's Path to Innovation

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  • Date Published: October 2016
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107625235

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  • Over the past three decades, China has experienced rapid economic growth and a fascinating transformation of its industry. However, much of this success is the result of industrial imitation, and China's continuing success now relies heavily on its ability to strengthen its indigenous innovation capability. In this book, Xiaolan Fu investigates how China can develop a strategy of compressed development to emerge as a leading innovative nation. The book draws on quantitative and qualitative research that includes cross-country, cross-province and cross-firm analysis. Large multi-level panel datasets, unique survey databases, and in-depth industry case studies are explored. Different theoretical approaches are also used to examine the motivations, obstacles and consequences of China's innovation with a wider discussion around what other countries can learn from China's experience. This book will appeal to scholars and policy-makers working in fields such as innovation policy, technology management, development and international economics, and China studies.

    • Fills a gap in the literature by providing the first comprehensive analysis of China's experience in developing technological and innovation capabilities in the past and for the future, along with a wider discussion about what other countries can learn from China's experience
    • Analysis is carried out at multi-levels, such as firm, industry, regional and national levels, and both qualitative and quantitative analysis and evidence is used, appealing to researchers, graduate students, policymakers, and those using a multidisciplinary approach
    • Includes timely topics such as internationalisation and outward direct investment of Chinese MNEs and international innovation collaboration, as well as the role of incentives in enhancing innovations in China
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Professor Fu has integrated a variety of scholarly articles from the firm level to the industry level to the national policy level, to produce the first comprehensive treatment of Chinese innovation activities from an open innovation perspective. Her masterful book points the way towards 'open innovation with Chinese characteristics'."
    Henry Chesbrough, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, and author of Open Innovation

    "That China is the workshop of the world is now a 'given'. Professor Fu has invested years in the search for clues to how the goods in the China workshop have moved from being 'assembled in China' through 'invented in China' to 'invented and commercialised in a complex open engagement with the world’s capital and skilled labour'. This book is the authoritative result and is essential reading."
    Barbara Harriss-White, Emeritus Professor, University of Oxford, and co-editor, China–India: Pathways of Economic and Social Development

    "This fascinating book by a leading Chinese scholar is hugely informative of the challenges China faces in its quest to become a major global innovative economy. It populates a knowledge gap, challenges our conventional wisdom and provides important insights for corporate and government policy makers alike."
    Raphael Kaplinsky, The Open University

    "China achieved an average annual growth rate of 9.8% for 35 years, made possible only by continuous technological innovations, after the transition from a planning economy to a market economy in 1979. Such a long period of extraordinary growth was unprecedented in human history. This book carefully studies China's open national innovation system at national, regional and firm levels. It deciphers how China was able to achieve such a remarkable success in the past, examines how China may sustain dynamic growth in the future and suggests what other countries can learn from China's success. The book is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand Chinese economic development."
    Justin Yifu Lin, Peking University and former Chief Economist, The World Bank

    "Finally, we have an analytical volume that combines economic theory, international experience and China's socio-economic conditions to formulate a most credible strategy to greatly strengthen China's capacity to innovate. Xiaolan Fu's 'Open National Innovation System' approach deserves careful study by other developing countries because it is also applicable to them."
    Wing Woo, University of California, Davis, and President, Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia

    "A masterpiece on comparative Chinese innovation studies."
    Calestous Juma, Harvard University

    "… to date there are few research monographs that go beyond picking out striking cases of innovative companies [in China]. We clearly also need systematic analyses of China's growing innovative capacity. For this reason, Xiaolan Fu's … China's Path to Innovation is a welcome addition to the literature … I recommend that any scholar interested in China's innovation capacity read [this book]."
    Johann Peter Murmann,

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107625235
    • length: 454 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • contains: 63 b/w illus. 55 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    1. Introduction
    2. Innovation in China since the reforms: an overview
    Part I. International Knowledge Transfer and Technological Take-off:
    3. Foreign direct investment, absorptive capacity and innovation in Chinese regions
    4. Processing trade, FDI and international competitiveness of the Chinese high-technology industries
    5. Indigenous and foreign innovation efforts and technological upgrading in China
    Part II. Development of Indigenous Innovation Capacity and Catch-up
    6. The role of state policy in shaping innovation practices: the case of open innovation in China
    7. Open innovation as a response to constraints and resources
    8. The dual role of universities in industrial innovation: comparing China and the UK
    9. Technological learning, tacit knowledge acquisition and industrial upgrading: the Chinese optical fibre and cable industry
    10. Leapfrogging in green technology: the solar-PV industry in China and India
    Part III. Towards a Global Innovation Leader:
    11. Internationalisation, reverse learning and capabilities upgrading: the case of Huawei and ZTE
    12. International collaboration and radical innovation
    13. Innovation efficiency and the cross-country gaps in innovation
    14. Incentives, institutions and national innovation performances
    15. Conclusions: open national innovation system and China's path to innovation

  • Author

    Xiaolan Fu, University of Oxford
    Xiaolan Fu is Professor of Technology and International Development and Founding Director of the Technology and Management Centre for Development at the University of Oxford. Her research interests include innovation, technology and industrialisation; trade, foreign direct investment and economic development; emerging Asian economies; and innovation and productivity in the UK and US. She also has firsthand experience working in the business and academic sectors in China before coming to the UK.

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