In the 1980s, China faced the monumental task of creating, from scratch, internationally competitive companies. This challenge was especially daunting in the information and communications technology sector. The Inside Story of China's High-Tech Industry describes the emergence and growth of this industry through an analysis of China's leading science park, Beijing's Zhongguancun. Zhou argues that, in the case of China, it is the conjunction of export and domestic markets that has provided the main impetus to technological learning and the development of industry competitiveness. This is the best treatment to date of China's most important innovation region.
Yu Zhou is associate professor in the Department of Earth Science and Geography at Vassar College.
Introduction Chapter 1: Making Silicon Valley in China: Zhongguancun Chapter 2: From Offspring to Rebel: The Birth of ZGC and the Transformation of China's Science and Technology Establishments, 1950s-1980s Chapter 3: Foreign "Wolf" and Local "Lamb": Multinational Companies and Resurgence of ZGC in the 1990s Chapter 4: The Internet and the Restructuring of ZGC, 1998-2003 Chapter 5: The Anatomy of ZGC: The Domestic Companies Chapter 6: The Dynamics of Internationalization in ZGC Chapter 7: Grassroots Transnationals: Returnee Entrepreneurs Chapter 8: China's Technical Standard Strategies: Toward an Alternative Path Conclusion References