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Technological learning in six firms in Southern China: success and limits of an industrialisation model

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  • Arvanitis, Rigas
  • Zhao, Wei
  • Qiu, Haixiong
  • Xu, Jian-niu

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This article examines the creation of industrial enterprises and the basic models of firm-level technological learning behaviour of the last 20 years in China. Six case studies of technological learning and links to external sources of know-how from the South of China in the Pearl River Delta are examined. It is shown that the learning process that has been experienced in these enterprises is similar to that of other fast growing East Asian economies. Until now enterprises have been acquiring technology through external linkages with foreign clients that become their main providers of technology. A detailed account of the enterprises allows a typology of the external technological learning. It is claimed that the growth of the South China lies in this ‘external’ interactive technological learning, as in other East Asian economies.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 18553.

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Date of creation: 2006
Date of revision: 2006
Publication status: Published in International Journal of Technology Management 1/2/3.33(2006): pp. 108-125
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:18553

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Keywords: Asia; China; industrial development; technological learning; private enterprises; interactive learning; economic reform;

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  1. Arvanitis, Rigas & M'HENNI, Hatem & Tsipouri, Lena, 2009. "Y a-t-il une gouvernance des systèmes d’innovation dans les pays d’Afrique du Nord et du Moyen-Orient?
    [Is there any NSI governance in MENA region]
    ," MPRA Paper 27539, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Wei ZHAO & Rigas ARVANITIS, 2008. "L’Inégal Développement Industriel De La Chine : Capacités D’Innovation Et Coexistence De Différents Modes D’Apprentissage Technologique," Region et Developpement, Region et Developpement, LEAD, Universite du Sud - Toulon Var, Region et Developpement, LEAD, Universite du Sud - Toulon Var, vol. 28, pages 61-85.
  3. Arvanitis, Rigas & Mhenni, Hatem, 2008. "Innovation policies in the context of North-Africa: new trends in Morroco and Tunisia," MPRA Paper 17939, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Balcet Giovanni & Ruet Joël, 2011. "From Joint Ventures to National Champions or Global Players? Alliances and Technological Catching-up in Chinese and Indian Automotive Industries," Department of Economics and Statistics Cognetti de Martiis. Working Papers, University of Turin 201109, University of Turin.

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