Chinas Leap into the Information Age: Innovation and Organization in the Computer Industry

Hardcover | July 1, 2000

byQiwen Lu

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This book provides the first in-depth analysis of how four innovative Chinese electronics enterprises-the Stone Group, the Legend Computer Group, the Founder Group, and the China Great Wall Computer Group-transformed the Chinese computer industry over the past decade. It explains howindigenous Chinese business enterprises that grew up during the era of economic reform gained the high-technology capabilities and modern marketing know-how to compete domestically and internationally with powerful foreign multinationals. Through case studies based on first-hand access to company records and personnel, the author reveals how, building on technological capabilities accumulated during the central planning era, the institutional transformations of the economic reform era unleashed a unique pattern of organizationallearning and innovative enterprise. The author also draws out the implications of the developmental experience of the Chinese computer electronics sector for understanding the institutional and organizational foundations for a successful transition from a centrally planned economy toward amarket-oriented one.

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This book provides the first in-depth analysis of how four innovative Chinese electronics enterprises-the Stone Group, the Legend Computer Group, the Founder Group, and the China Great Wall Computer Group-transformed the Chinese computer industry over the past decade. It explains howindigenous Chinese business enterprises that grew up ...

Qiwen Lu was Assistant Professor of Asian Business at the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD) in Fontainebleau, 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 Har...
Format:HardcoverPublished:July 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198295375

ISBN - 13:9780198295372

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IntroductionOrganizational barriers to technological innovation under central planningThe development of computer technology and the IT industry in China prior to the reformReform of China's national science and technology system and the rise of new science and technology enterprisesEnterprise governance and mode of technology learning: an analytical frameworkChapter 1: Stone Group Co.: Turning technological potential into commercial success under a new organizational frameworkFounding and early history of StoneNew institutional structure of enterprise governanceIndigenous innovation, learning, and capability acquisition: progressive integration of RandD, marketing, and manufacturingFrom a new high-tech venture to an industrial going concernConcluding remarksChapter 2: Legend Group Co.: A model of 'one academy, two systems'Early historyTechnological resources and managerial autonomy: relations with the Institute of Computing TechnologyTechnology commercialization and market expansionInternationalization and industrializationContinual expansionConcluding remarksChapter 3: Founder Group Co.: The changing organization of innovationThe organization of large-scale industrial RandD under central planningEntry of FounderRelations with the universityWellspring of innovation: indigenous capability and new organizational structureRoad to big businessConcluding remarksChapter 4: China Great Wall Computer Co.: Transforming the state-run computer industryMandarins becoming entrepreneurs: a new approach to organizing the state-run computer industryBuilding integrated organizational capabilitiesCorporate renewal through strategic alliancesCorporatizationConcluding remarksChapter 5: A New Mode of Technology LearningCoupling between technology commercializationand non-governmentalizationNew institutional structure of enterprise governanceTrajectory of learning: progressive integration of RandD, marketing, and manufacturing capabilitiesEvolving structure of corporate governanceConcluding remarks