Dear Colleagues,


I am delighted to announce that my new book on China's Path to Innovation has been published by Cambridge University Press recently.


This book investigates how China can develop a strategy of compressed development to emerge as a leading innovative nation, with a special focus on the role of international technology transfer through FDI, trade and indigenous innovation in the process.  The book examined the impact of inward FDI and trade on China's technological take-off, and analysed the role of MNE-driven processing trade and global value chain participation in China's high technology industry development.


It also discussed the changing effects and importance of international technology transfer and indigenous innovation in countries of different development stage, and what combination of these channels that different countries should pursue so as to achieve their different development goals.


In the final part, the book investigated the potentail contributions of internationalisation, outward direct investment, and international collaboration to China's transition from an imitator to an innovator based on case studies of Huawei and ZTE and statistical analysis of large firm level survey data.





China's Path to Innovation


Xiaolan Fu (University of Oxford)

Table of Contents


1. Introduction
2. Innovation in China since the reforms: an overview


Part I. International Knowledge Transfer and Technological Take-off:
3. Foreign direct investment, absorptive capacity and innovation in Chinese regions
4. Processing trade, FDI and international competitiveness of the Chinese high-technology industries
5. Indigenous and foreign innovation efforts and technological upgrading in China


Part II. Development of Indigenous Innovation Capacity and Catch-up
6. The role of state policy in shaping innovation practices: the case of open innovation in China
7. Open innovation as a response to constraints and resources
8. The dual role of universities in industrial innovation: comparing China and the UK
9. Technological learning, tacit knowledge acquisition and industrial upgrading: the Chinese optical fibre and cable industry
10. Leapfrogging in green technology: the solar-PV industry in China and India


Part III. Towards a Global Innovation Leader:
11. Internationalisation, reverse learning and capabilities upgrading: the case of Huawei and ZTE
12. International collaboration and radical innovation
13. Innovation efficiency and the cross-country gaps in innovation
14. Incentives, institutions and national innovation performances


15. Conclusions: open national innovation system and China's path to innovation





Xiaolan Fu ()

Professor of Technology and International Development;    

Director, Technology & Management for Development Centre;   

ODID, University of Oxford



Just published: Fu, X. (2015) China's Path to Innovation, Cambridge University Press.




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