Capabilities and competitiveness of Chinese state owned manufacturing enterprises: what has been learned over 20 years and what remains to be learned

Kirit Vaidya, Matthew Hall, Jinsheng He, Xudong Gao, David Bennett

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Abstract

Technological capabilities in Chinese manufacturing have been transformed in the last three decades. However, the extent to which and how domestic market oriented state owned enterprises (SOEs) have developed their capabilities remain important questions. The East Asian latecomer model has been adapted to study six Chinese SOEs in the automotive, steel and machine tools sectors to assess capability levels attained and the role of external sources and internal efforts in developing them. All six enterprises demonstrate high competence in operating established technology, managing investment and making product and process improvements but differ in innovative capability. While the East Asian latecomer model in which linking, leveraging and learning explain technological capability development is relevant for the companies studied, it needs to be adapted for Chinese SOEs to take account of types of external links and leverage of enterprises, the role of government, enterprise level management motives and means of financing development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCapturing value in international manufacturing and supply networks
Subtitle of host publicationnew models for a changing world : symposium proceedings
EditorsJagjit Singh, Tomás Harrington, Mukesh Kumar, Yongjiang Shi
Place of PublicationCambridge (UK)
PublisherUniversity of Cambridge
Pages399-410
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-902546-30-8
Publication statusPublished - 21 Sep 2012
Event16th Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 20 Sep 201221 Sep 2012

Conference

Conference16th Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium
Abbreviated titleCIM
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityCambridge
Period20/09/1221/09/12
OtherCapturing value in international manufacturing and supply networks : new models for a changing world

Keywords

  • Chinese manufacturing
  • latecomer strategies
  • capability development

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