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Emergence of an Open Information Infrastructure in China's Pharmaceutical Distribution Industry

  • Kai Reimers
  • Xunhua Guo
  • Mingzhi Li
  • Bin Xie
  • Tiantian Zhang

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Digital Spaces book series (BRIEFSDIGIT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Kai Reimers, Xunhua Guo, Mingzhi Li, Bin Xie, Tiantian Zhang
    Pages 1-4
  3. Kai Reimers, Xunhua Guo, Mingzhi Li, Bin Xie, Tiantian Zhang
    Pages 5-7
  4. Kai Reimers, Xunhua Guo, Mingzhi Li, Bin Xie, Tiantian Zhang
    Pages 9-11
  5. Kai Reimers, Xunhua Guo, Mingzhi Li, Bin Xie, Tiantian Zhang
    Pages 13-16
  6. Kai Reimers, Xunhua Guo, Mingzhi Li, Bin Xie, Tiantian Zhang
    Pages 17-19
  7. Kai Reimers, Xunhua Guo, Mingzhi Li, Bin Xie, Tiantian Zhang
    Pages 21-23
  8. Kai Reimers, Xunhua Guo, Mingzhi Li, Bin Xie, Tiantian Zhang
    Pages 25-27
  9. Kai Reimers, Xunhua Guo, Mingzhi Li, Bin Xie, Tiantian Zhang
    Pages 29-31
  10. Kai Reimers, Xunhua Guo, Mingzhi Li, Bin Xie, Tiantian Zhang
    Pages 33-34
  11. Kai Reimers, Xunhua Guo, Mingzhi Li, Bin Xie, Tiantian Zhang
    Pages 35-36
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 37-67

About this book

Introduction

How do firms jointly develop open information infrastructures? To answer this question, this book draws on the results of a longitudinal research project covering the development of the pharmaceutical distribution industry in China from 2004 to 2012, focusing on the emergence and subsequent evolution of industry-wide information infrastructures. How do firms delimit areas of proprietary innovation in open innovation projects? How do firms coordinate, initiate, negotiate and implement the development of innovative infrastructures? How do processes and practices within firms enable and constrain such collective efforts? - This book provides answers to these questions and draws conclusions regarding the challenges and new capabilities that firms will need in a world in which participation in the building of open information infrastructures becomes a necessary task for commercial organizations.

Keywords

Government action Industry-wide information infrastructures Information technology Innovation management Pharmaceutical distribution industry

Authors and affiliations

  • Kai Reimers
    • 1
  • Xunhua Guo
    • 2
  • Mingzhi Li
    • 3
  • Bin Xie
    • 4
  • Tiantian Zhang
    • 5
  1. 1.School of Business and EconomicsRWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany
  2. 2.School of Economics and ManagementTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  3. 3.School of Economics and ManagementTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  4. 4.School of Economics and ManagementTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  5. 5.School of Business and EconomicsRWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-05098-0
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-05097-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-05098-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2193-5890
  • Series Online ISSN 2193-5904
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