The inner circle of technology innovation : a case study of two Chinese firms

Zheng, Connie 2014, The inner circle of technology innovation : a case study of two Chinese firms, Technological forecasting and social change, vol. 82, pp. 140-148, doi: 10.1016/j.techfore.2013.06.005.

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Title The inner circle of technology innovation : a case study of two Chinese firms
Author(s) Zheng, ConnieORCID iD for Zheng, Connie
Journal name Technological forecasting and social change
Volume number 82
Start page 140
End page 148
Total pages 8
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2014-02
ISSN 0040-1625
Keyword(s) technology innovation
human resource management
emerging enterprises
Summary In the era of information economy, Chinese firms have realised that technology innovation is fundamental for organisations to gain competitive advantages in the global market. This case study evaluates the drivers and antecedents of technology innovation of two emerging Chinese multinational firms. Institutional theory, the resource-based view and the competency-based strategic perspective are used as the basis for case analysis. The findings show some similarities and differences between the growth of Chinese multinational firms and those of more traditional ones. Chinese firms appear not to follow single innovation pathways but take multiple routes combining several types of innovation, such as strategic, organisational and operational innovation. The key component in the successful technology innovation process among Chinese firms was found to be in alignment with several human resource management strategies. The case study concludes with discussion on managerial and pedagogical implications. These help address inherent differences in the innovation management process between emerging Chinese and established multinational firms.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.techfore.2013.06.005
Field of Research 150307
Socio Economic Objective 910406 Technological and Organisational Innovation
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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