Technology transfer under China’s economic reforms: business environment and success factors

F.D. Zhu, X.M. Wang, D.J. Bennett, K. Vaidya

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The opening up of the Chinese economy and the associated transfer of technology from abroad have been taking place at an accelerating pace. Technology is crucial to China's industrial development. It is a productive resource and has a vital role in the process of economic and social development. This article provides an overview of technology transfer into China, focusing on recent developments, and examines the macroenvironmental and microenvironmental influences which foreign enterprises must consider when making investments or technology transfer decisions. Cases of companies engaged in international technology transfer are used to illustrate the discussion on the microenvironment. To be successful, foreign investors and suppliers of technology must respond to China's industrial priorities and pursue projects that are compatible with the country's broad policy goals as well as the corporate objectives of Chinese partners. The article concludes by listing a number of points to which attention should be paid before a decision is made to transfer technology to China.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-17
Number of pages16
JournalTechnology Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1995


  • Chinese economy
  • technology
  • China's industrial development
  • economic development
  • social development
  • macroenvironment
  • microenvironment
  • investments
  • technology transfer
  • international technology transfer


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