Capability development in Chinese manufacturing: a quasi-biotic perspective of knowledge evolution

Jinsheng He, Wenjuan Lyu, Kirit Vaidya

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A quasi-biotic model of knowledge evolution has been applied to manufacturing technology capability development which includes product design and development and manufacturing process/workflow improvement. The concepts of “knowledge genes” and “knowledge body” are introduced to explain the evolution of technological capability. It is shown that knowledge development within the enterprise happens as a result of interactions between an enterprise’s internal knowledge and that acquired from external sources catalysed by: (a) internal mechanisms, recources and incentives, and (b) actions and policies of external agencies. A matrix specifying factors contributing to knowledge development and types of manufacturing capabilities (product design, equipment development or use, and workflow) is developed to explain technological knowledge development. The case studies of Tianjin Pipe Corporation (TPCO) and Tianjin Tianduan Press Co. are presented to illustrate the application of the matrix.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in manufacturing technology XXVI
Subtitle of host publicationtenth international conference on manufacturing research
EditorsTim Baines, Ben Clegg, David Harrison
Place of PublicationBirmingham (UK)
PublisherAston University
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-1-905866-60-1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event10th International Conference on Manufacturing Research - Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Sep 201213 Sep 2012


Conference10th International Conference on Manufacturing Research
Abbreviated titleICMR 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
OtherIncorporating the 27 th National Conference on Manufacturing Research

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  • quasi-biotic model of knowledge
  • technology capability development
  • knowledge genes


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