Title: The evolution of technology management practice in developing economies: findings from Northern China

Authors: Steven Walsh, Jonathan Linton, Robert Boylan, Cheickna Sylla

Addresses: Anderson School of Management, Room 2158, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131 221, USA. Department of Management, Polytechnic University,, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA. Lally School of Management, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA

Abstract: In this paper, we present the results of a survey of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, that all have foreign equity investors and are located in Northern China. Our findings are: that firms have changed their market focus from an export-oriented market to competing both locally and abroad; and that Wholly Foreign Owned Subsidiaries that serve export markets are shifting from a competitive advantage based on low cost labour to developing competitive advantage based on firm specific competencies.

Keywords: Foreign Direct Investment (FDI); market focus; core competency; core capability; Equity Joint Venture (EJV); Wholly Foreign Owned Subsidiary (WFOS).

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2002.003058

International Journal of Technology Management, 2002 Vol.24 No.2/3, pp.311-329

Published online: 07 Oct 2003 *

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