Capabilities and Competitiveness of Chinese State Owned Manufacturing Enterprises: What Has Been Learned Over 20 years and What Remains to be Learned
Paper i proceeding, 2012

Technological capabilities in Chinese manufacturing have been transformed in the last three decades. However, the extent to which and how domestic market oriented state owned enterprises (SOEs) have developed their capabilities remain important questions. The East Asian latecomer model has been adapted to study six Chinese SOEs in the automotive, steel and machine tools sectors to assess capability levels attained and the role of external sources and internal efforts in developing them. All six enterprises demonstrate high competence in operating established technology, managing investment and making product and process improvements but differ in innovative capability. While the East Asian latecomer model in which linking, leveraging and learning explain technological capability development is relevant for the companies studied, it needs to be adapted for Chinese SOEs to take account of types of external links and leverage of enterprises, the role of government, enterprise level management motives and means of financing development

latecomer strategies

Chinese manufacturing

capability development.


Kirit Vaidya

Matthew Hall

Jinsheng He

Xudong Gao

David Bennett

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Supply and Operations Management

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