This book provides an in-depth analysis of industrial innovation in China, assessing the progress China has made in re-structuring and re-configuring its innovation systems in the context of the massive and multifaceted program of economic reform. Each chapter tackles a different aspect of industrial innovation, such as research and development (R&D), intellectual property, technological adaptation, and government policy. Some chapters adopt a comparative perspective, comparing the Chinese case with important economies such as Korea and India and the global economy more generally. It shows that the reform process has had a powerful impact on China's industrial innovation, suggesting that a new system is emerging that is much more driven by market forces and has been heavily influenced by China's growing interactions with the outside world. It argues that the launch of the Chinese government's new Medium-to-Long-term Strategy & Technology Plan, 2006-2020 (MLP), represents an important demarcation point in the evolution of the Chinese national innovation system. The MLP promises to alter the prevailing trajectory of Chinese innovation in a fundamental way, putting the enterprise at centre stage in an effort to secure better linkages between those organisations that generate new ideas and those responsible for the commercialisation of these ideas. Finally, it addresses the crucial question of whether China has embarked on a path that will lead it to becoming a true technological superpower. Overall, this book puts forward a sophisticated, insightful, and realistic set of assessments about the capabilities of China's industrial innovation, a crucial determining factor of China's future economic performance.
Denis Fred Simon is the Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs of the Levin Graduate Institute of International Relations and Commerce under the State University of New York in New York City. He has served as President of Monitor Group (China), General Manager for Andersen Consulting's China practice in Beijing, and as a private consultant to numerous Fortune Global 500 firms regarding their business entry and operations in China. Among his key publications are: Technological Innovation in China [with Detlef Rehn] (1987), Science and Technology in Post-Mao China [edited with Merle Goldman] (1989), The Emerging Technological Trajectory of the Pacific Rim (1995), Corporate Strategies Towards the Pacific Rim (1996), and Techno-Security in an Age of Globalization (1997).
Introduction Denis Simon 1. Collaborative Advantage and China's Evolving Position in the Global Technology System Leonard Lynn 2. Government Policy and Industrial Innovation: The Political Economy of Technological Development in China Douglas Fuller 3. Commercialization of R&D in China: The Ecology of the Industrial Innovation System Robert Sheldon 4. A Strategic Analysis of the Medium-to-Long Term Plan for S&T, 2006-2020 Guangling Xiao 5. Economic Openness and China's Manufacturing Progress Thomas Rawski 6. Technological Adoption and Adaptation in an Open Market: The Case of China's Magnesium Industry Michael Komesaroff 7. Institutions, Incentives, and Innovation: The Environment for Intellectual Property in China Andrew Mertha 8. China's Emerging Science and Engineering Talent Pool: A Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis Denis Simon/Cong Cao 9. India, China, and Globalized Innovation Adam Segal 10. A Korean Perspective on China's Innovation System Yong June Kim 11. Foreign Corporation R&D in China: Trends and Policy Issues Sylvia Schwaag-Serger 12. Beyond Technology: Defining the New Frontiers in China's Innovation System Zhou Yuan 13. Whither China's Industrial Innovation System: Some Thoughts and Conclusions Denis Simon