Knowledge Management of High-Tech Firms

  • Chung-Ming Lau
  • Yuan Lu
  • Shige Makino
  • Xiaohong Chen
  • Ryh-Song Yeh


Based on an analysis of six high-tech firms in mainland China, this chapter examines knowledge management issues by focusing on its acquisition, dissemination, and commercialization. We found that most firms emphasized knowledge acquisition. SOE-based firms relied more on their parents for early key technologies, confirming that institutional support and social capital are influential in knowledge acquisition. Social capital also help firms to overcome barriers to organizational knowledge dissemination. Its role in knowledge commercialization is also identified. Absorptive capacity is important for knowledge dissemination, since appropriate organizational arrangements have not been purposely designed.


Social Capital Knowledge Management Knowledge Acquisition Absorptive Capacity Knowledge Creation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chung-Ming Lau
    • 1
  • Yuan Lu
    • 1
  • Shige Makino
    • 1
  • Xiaohong Chen
    • 2
  • Ryh-Song Yeh
    • 3
  1. 1.The Chinese University of Hong KongChina
  2. 2.State Development Research Center, PRCChina
  3. 3.Peking UniversityChina

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