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Catch-up and Radical Innovation in Chinese State-Owned Enterprises

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Catch-up and Radical Innovation in Chinese State-Owned Enterprises

Exploring Large Infrastructure Projects

9781781003817 Edward Elgar Publishing
Xielin Liu, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xiao Wang, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China and Yimei Hu, Aalborg University, Denmark
Publication Date: February 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78100 381 7 Extent: c 256 pp
This original book is a unique and original study on how, in the past decade, Chinese State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) have achieved technological innovation in the large infrastructure sector. It reveals a ‘new world’ of Chinese innovations, showing that SOEs are willing to innovate and more than capable of doing so. Based on findings from first-hand data and years of in-depth observations, this book shows how the innovation ecosystem perspective incentivises and facilitates Chinese SOEs’ innovation and highlights entrepreneurial role of the government.

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This original book is a unique and original in-depth study on how, in the past decade, Chinese State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) have achieved technological innovation in the large infrastructure sectors. It reveals a ‘new world’ of Chinese innovation, showing that SOEs are willing to innovate and are also more than capable of doing so.

Based on findings from first-hand data and years of observations, this book shows how the innovation ecosystem perspective incentivises and facilitates Chinese SOEs’ innovation and highlights the entrepreneurial role of the government. Using the examples of UHV Power Transmission, mobile telecommunication standards, high-speed trains, and nuclear electric power, the book exhibits the complex determinants of SOEs’ success in radical technological innovations within the large infrastructure sector. Chapters also demonstrate the innovation process of SOEs, the unique innovation model of China, as well as its advantages and disadvantages.

Catch-Up and Radical Innovation in Chinese State-Owned Enterprises will be a useful resource for academics in research disciplines such as development studies, innovation and entrepreneurship, and Chinese studies. It will also aid entrepreneurs, businesses and managers who intend to collaborate with Chinese SOEs, to better understand the trends of SOEs’ engagement in radical innovation and the potential opportunities for broadening their international collaborations.
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‘Observers of China’s innovation capabilities commonly minimize the role of state owned enterprises (SOEs). In this intriguing new work, three seasoned scholars of innovation challenge this view. Based on case studies of four key infrastructure technologies, they demonstrate that an innovation system led by entrepreneurial state officials, with access to reformed research institutions, and faced with demanding national challenges, can produce an effective innovation ecosystem. The study is an important contribution to our understanding of China’s technological trajectory.’
– Richard P. Suttmeier, Professor Emeritus, University of Oregon, US

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