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China's Leap into the Information AgeInnovation and Organization in the Computer Industry$
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Qiwen Lu

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198295372

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198295372.001.0001

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A New Mode of Technology Learning

A New Mode of Technology Learning

(p.177) 6 A New Mode of Technology Learning
China's Leap into the Information Age

Qiwen Lu

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the consistent pattern with regard to the trajectories of technology learning or capability acquisition among the four enterprises from the case studies and describes the evolution of a unique top-down mode of technology learning. The enterprises' ready access to the science and technology resources that had been accumulated in the state sector was indispensable in permitting them to start directly with product innovation. In all four cases, indigenous innovations in technology stemmed from the need to process Chinese-language information. However, it was the organizational innovation in the institutional structure of enterprise governance that enabled these enterprises to bring the technological capabilities to meet the market needs. There was a coupling between the institutional structure of enterprise governance and the trajectories of technology learning.

Keywords:   technology learning, product innovation, science and technology resources, indigenous innovations, innovation

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