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Knowledge Generation and Innovation in Manufacturing Firms in China

  • Ludovico Alcorta
  • Mark Tomlinson
  • An Tong Liang
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    This paper explores and measures the knowledge generation process through identifying and examining the latent factor structure of the individual, managerial and cognitive dimensions of knowledge generation and investigating how these factors may relate to each other and to product innovation in the context of firms in China. We applied exploratory factor analysis and conducted a survey in Jiangsu province which is a main location of manufacturing activity and a large recipient of investment in science and technology in China. We found that individual and managerial factors included individual depth of knowledge, organizational commitment, academic orientation and managerial features, while cognitive factors involved developing a global and local knowledge base and engaging in imitative, embodied and/or minimalist learning strategies. The study also uncovered close associations between the depth of knowledge of individuals and their ability to develop a global knowledge base and between a minimalist learning strategy and the existence of a local knowledge base.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Industry and Innovation.

    Volume (Year): 16 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 4-5 ()
    Pages: 435-461

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:indinn:v:16:y:2009:i:4-5:p:435-461
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