The reality of transferring technology to China: What has been learned after 15 years?

Research output: Chapter in Book/Published conference outputConference publication


The transfer of technology to China, especially in the manufacturing sector, is considered to be a major contributor to its recent economic growth. However, we must distinguish between technology transferred by foreign companies into their wholly or majority-owned subsidiaries in China and the technology acquired by indigenous enterprises. It is only through the successful acquisition of technological capability by indigenous enterprises, many of which
still remain state-owned, that China can become a really innovative and competitive economic power and not remain the world’s workshop. The authors revisited a number of state-owned industrial companies in Beijing and Tianjin, initially studied during the 1990s, to assess the levels of capability attained and the role of external sources and internal efforts in developing capabilities. Chinese public sector enterprise appear to be broadly following the East Asian model in which success has depended on technological and commercial
collaborations with foreign firms, internal efforts to develop technological competence and being responsive to market conditions and policy changes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEast meets West — challenges and opportunities in the era of globalization
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of 15th the International conference on management of technology
EditorsM. von Zedwitz, Y. Wang
Place of PublicationMiami, FL, USA
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Event15th international conference on Management of Technology - Beijing, China
Duration: 22 May 200626 May 2006


Conference15th international conference on Management of Technology
Abbreviated titleIAMOT 2006


Dive into the research topics of 'The reality of transferring technology to China: What has been learned after 15 years?'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this