International Technology Transfer and Development of Capabilities in Chinese State-Owned Manufacturing Enterprises: Lessons from 20 Years of Case Research
Paper i proceeding, 2012

Technological capabilities in Chinese manufacturing have been transformed in the last three decades. However, the extent to which domestic market oriented state owned enterprises (SOEs) have developed their capabilities is not clear. Six SOEs in the automotive, steel and machine tools sectors in Beijing and Tianjin have been studied since the mid-1990s to assess the capability levels attained and the role of external sources and internal efforts in developing them. Aided by government policies, acquisition of technology and their own efforts, the case study companies appear to be broadly following the East Asian late industrialisation model. All six enterprises demonstrate competences in operating established technology, managing investment and making product and process improvements. The evidence suggests that companies without foreign joint venture (JV) collaborations have made more progress in this respect

Chinese manufacturing

latecomer strategies

capability development.


Kirit Vaidya

Matthew Hall

Jinsheng He

Xudong Gao

David Bennett

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Supply and Operations Management

Baines T S, Clegg B T and Harrison D K (Eds) “Advances in Manufacturing Technology”, Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Manufacturing Research), Aston Business School / COMEH, Birmingham, UK

978-1-905866-60-1 (ISBN)




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