Global innovation networks for Chinese high-tech small and medium enterprises: the supportive role of highly skilled migrants and returnees Online publication date: Tue, 23-Apr-2019
by Jingyi Lin; Monica Plechero
International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development (IJTLID), Vol. 11, No. 2, 2019
Abstract: Literature investigating highly skilled Chinese migrants has so far focused on their role as drivers of new entrepreneurship as well as innovation in firms and regions, although their role in supporting small and medium enterprises' (SMEs) engagement in global innovation networks (GINs) is still underexplored. The participation in GINs is a key for high-tech SMEs, which rely on sophisticated knowledge but may not have the same absorptive capacity of large firms and multinational corporations. Based on primary data from a case study on 19 SMEs in the IT and new media industry in Beijing, this paper investigates the role of returnees and highly skilled migrants in supporting the engagement of Chinese high-tech SMEs in GINs. The results reveal the important role of those individuals in bringing SMEs in former international knowledge networks and establishing new linkages for sourcing key knowledge.
Online publication date: Tue, 23-Apr-2019
If you are not a subscriber and you just want to read the full contents of this article, buy online access here.Complimentary Subscribers, Editors or Members of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development (IJTLID):
Login with your Inderscience username and password:
Want to subscribe?
A subscription gives you complete access to all articles in the current issue, as well as to all articles in the previous three years (where applicable). See our Orders page to subscribe.
If you still need assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org