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International Journal of Technology Management
International Journal of Technology Management


Special Issue on: "China’s New Innovation-Oriented Strategy"

Guest Editors:
Dr. Yifei Sun. California State University, Northridge, USA
Dr. Rongping Mu, The Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

China’s economy has experienced astounding growth during the last two decades and it has become the “World’s Factory.” Such a miracle has largely benefited from China’s gradual reform and opening up to the outside. Particularly important is foreign investment in this process. Nevertheless, China has never been content with its current status of being world’s manufacturing centre and it has long aspired to become a world’s technology/innovation center as well.

Since the middle 1980s, China has initiated a number of programmes to reform its innovation system and China has experienced so-called science and technology take-off since the middle 1990s. In early 2006, China announced its "Guidelines for the National Medium- and Long-Term Science and Technology Development Program (2006-2020)." In this programme, the Chinese government has emphasised the strategic role of indigenous innovation (zhizhu changxin), and has laid out a number of goals and detailed measures so that China will become an innovation-oriented country by 2020.

Given the ambitiousness of this programme and its implications for China itself and the world, it is important to make a critical assessment of the progress that China has made, the problems that are still present in its national innovation system, and the prospect that this new “innovation-oriented strategy” will become a success. This special issue aims to provide a forum for the discussion of above mentioned topics. In particular, we are interested in studies that are theoretically sound, empirically rich, and policy relevant. Both quantitative and qualitative approaches are welcome.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Technology transfer to China
  • Foreign R&D operations in China and Chinese firms' overseas R&D activities
  • Reforms of China's national innovation system: higher education system, government laboratories, industrial innovations, and venture capital, among others
  • Talent/human resources
  • China's high-tech industries
  • High-tech cluster building

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates
  • Email the title of paper to Dr. Yifei Sun (although submissions without informing the editors will also be considered): 20 August, 2007

  • Deadline for submission of manuscripts: 30 January 2008

  • Notification of acceptance/rejection to authors: 30 August 2008

  • Submission of final manuscript: 30 October 2008