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The Digitization of Business in China

Exploring the Transformation from Manufacturing to a Digital Service Hub

  • Young-Chan Kim
  • Pi-Chi Chen


  • Investigates the main social background that has allowed for such radical changes in B2B businesses.

  • Focuses on qualitative research combined with contemporary data rather than statistical analysis, enabling readers to apply the findings to other digital business scenarios

  • Suggests future directions of research in this emerging area


Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Asian Business Series book series (PAMABS)

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About this book


One of the first of its kind, this book examines the digitalization of Chinese businesses both theoretically and practically. Taking a fresh and unique approach, the authors seek to adopt individual theories for each empirical case explored and investigate the dramatic digital transformation that Chinese firms have undergone in recent years. With a particular focus on social networks, the authors observe and analyze the way that digitized applications can interlink with financial systems, developing new capabilities that help to yield competitive advantage. Covering both small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and globally orientated multinational enterprises (MNEs), this book is a valuable resource for those researching Asian business, or international business more generally, as well as innovation and technology management.


agriculture manufacturing domestic SME MNE customer-orientated services B2B

Editors and affiliations

  • Young-Chan Kim
    • 1
  • Pi-Chi Chen
    • 2
  1. 1.University of GreenwichLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.University of GreenwichLondonUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Young-Chan Kim is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Greenwich, UK. Having intensely researched China and the Asia Pacific region, he has co-authored and edited six books including Chinese Global Production Networks in the ASEAN (Springer, 2016) and China and Africa (Palgrave, 2017). Young-Chan has also written several articles for academic journals.

Pi-Chi Chen is a Lecturer at the University of Greenwich, UK. Her research interests include international business, strategy, multinational enterprises based in emerging markets, and regional innovation and development. She is co-author of US Firms’ Business Competence in the Taiwanese IT Industry (Springer, 2016).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Digitization of Business in China
  • Book Subtitle Exploring the Transformation from Manufacturing to a Digital Service Hub
  • Editors Young-Chan Kim
    Pi-Chi Chen
  • Series Title Palgrave Macmillan Asian Business Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Macmillan Asian Business Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management Business and Management (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-79047-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-07713-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-79048-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 276
  • Number of Illustrations 17 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Asian Business
    Consumer Behavior
    Innovation/Technology Management
    Asian Business
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