Mastering Innovation in China

Insights from History on China’s Journey towards Innovation

  • Joachim Jan Thraen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  10. Back Matter
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About this book


Joachim Jan Thraen uses insights from history to provide a fresh perspective on China’s potential transition towards a global innovation leader. He applies historical evidence from countries like the United States, Germany, and Japan in the 19th and 20th century and builds on results from four case studies to reveal key strategies that firms can utilize to leverage China as a global hub of innovation. China’s large market, strong manufacturing networks, increasing R&D capabilities, and a government strongly supporting innovation provide unique opportunities for new forms of innovation driven by efficiency, rapid commercialization, and large volumes. Managers that understand China’s innovation trajectory and adjust innovation strategies accordingly will achieve greater success in mastering innovation in China as a foundation for global competitiveness. 

• Innovation in China: Developing at Different Speeds
• The Historical Perspective: Lessons from the Past
• Case Studies 
• Recommendations on Managing Innovation in China

Target Groups
• Researchers and students in the fields of innovation and R&D, management and strategy, economic history, East Asia studies, and public policy
• Executives and consultants in innovation and strategy management

The Author
Dr. Joachim Jan Thraen holds a PhD in management from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He currently works on innovation and strategy projects for a global industrial company.


Strategic Emerging Industries (SEI) Indigenous Innovation National Innovation Systems (NIS) (Innovation) Strategy Institutional Theory/Institutions Culture of China

Authors and affiliations

  • Joachim Jan Thraen
    • 1
  1. 1.ZurichSwitzerland

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