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Imitation to creation: the critical yet uncertain transition for Chinese firms (RV of 2004/07/ABCM)

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Many Chinese firms and industries have succeeded spectacularly in industries and segments in which competition can be won within an imitation paradigm. The critical questions for everyone with a stake in China's further development, however, are whether, which and when Chinese firms can make the transition necessary to compete based on the creation of proprietary resources and capabilities. This paper consolidates prior research from policy and management domains to identify stages in China's technological learning within the imitation paradigm during 1949-2001, focusing on changes in the government's strategic priorities and policies and the nature, mode and sources of technological learning. The authors then contrast the firm and institutional features that have emerged under the imitation paradigm to those defining the emerging creation paradigm. The analysis leads to clear implications for both policy and management in order for the Chinese firms to make this transition and compete in higher value-added global industries.

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http://flora.insead.edu/fichiersti_wp/inseadwp2005/2005-41.pdf

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