China's National Innovation System Approach to Participating in Information Technology: The Innovative Recombination of Technological Capability
AbstractThis paper examines the development of the Chinese electronics and information industry (IT) during the 1980s and the first half of the 1990s, aimed to explain, from the perspective of endogenous factors, how a less developed economy gets access to the so called information revolution in a period with dramatic changes in technological, institutional and policy aspects entailed by market reform and trade liberalization. The endogenous factors are analyzed as embodied in a national innovation system, they interact with each other in response to the challenges and opportunities coming from opening to international participation and moving in market competition. The paper suggests a different approach of IT development emerged from the Chinese experiences which is more application-driven, in contrast to the early experiences in the first tier of 'Newly Industrializing Economies' (NIEs) which began with electronics manufacturing, and was more export-led. Capability accumulations from the past investment and the widespread diffusion of the related technology are identified attributable for the new IT development trend. The paper calls for attention to the 'innovative recombination of technological capability' that characterizes the application-driven approach in which accumulated capabilities are dynamically combined with the newly learned, a process that involves radical institutional restructuring and intensive technological learning.
Download InfoIf you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by United Nations University, Institute for New Technologies in its series Discussion Papers with number 01.
Date of creation: 1997
Date of revision:
Contact details of provider:
Web page: http://www.intech.unu.edu
Information Technology; Innovations; Technology Policy; National Policy; China;
Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:
- repec:dgr:unuint:199511 is not listed on IDEAS
- Soete, Luc, 1985. "International diffusion of technology, industrial development and technological leapfrogging," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 13(3), pages 409-422, March.
- Antonio Estache, 1994. "World Development Report: Infrastructure for Development," ULB Institutional Repository 2013/44144, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
- Manuel Mira Godinho & Sandro F. Mendonça & Tiago Santos Pereira, 2005. "Towards a taxonomy of innovation systems," Working Papers Department of Economics 2005/13, ISEG - School of Economics and Management, Department of Economics, University of Lisbon.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Ad Notten).
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.