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Scale-up Nation: China’s Specialization in Innovative Manufacturing

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  • Nahm, Jonas
  • Steinfeld, Edward S.

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On the basis of more than one hundred interviews conducted in 42 firms in China’s wind turbine and solar PV sectors during 2010–2013, this article seeks to specify the nature and extent of China-based technology innovation. We argue that Chinese firms have developed unique capabilities surrounding technology commercialization and manufacturing-related innovation. We provide a taxonomy for understanding such capabilities, showing the ways in which they are related to multidirectional, cross-border learning among firms. Our analysis points the way toward new frameworks for understanding national competitiveness and industrial upgrading.

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  • Nahm, Jonas & Steinfeld, Edward S., 2014. "Scale-up Nation: China’s Specialization in Innovative Manufacturing," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 54(C), pages 288-300.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:54:y:2014:i:c:p:288-300
    DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2013.09.003
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