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China's Leap into the Information Age

Innovation and Organization in the Computer Industry



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China's Leap into the Information Age by Qiwen 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 how indigenous 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 organizational learning 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 a market-oriented one.

Author Biography

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 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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August 1st, 2000
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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Oxford University Press
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