Title: A strategic framework for determining technological learning performance in Chinese firms

Authors: Wei Xie, Steven White

Addresses: Department of Strategy and Business Policy, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China. ' Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China

Abstract: With technological leadership in most industries still held by firms in developed countries, most firms in developing countries must import technology as part of upgrading their technological capabilities. In China, some firms have achieved significant competitiveness and performance even in global markets, based on rapid technological catch-up, whereas others have failed in the face of even domestic competition. How can such differences in learning performance outcomes be explained? This paper proposes a framework as part of addressing this gap in the literature and also suggests factors that should be of interest to managers, policymakers and scholars concerned with the role of imported technologies on national development.

Keywords: business; emerging markets; technological capabilities; technological development; learning performance outcomes; resource-based view; RBV; performance variation; China; developing countries; technological learning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBEM.2011.037683

International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets, 2011 Vol.3 No.1, pp.21 - 35

Available online: 25 Dec 2010 *

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