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China's R&D internationalization and reform of science and technology system

Jin Chen (College of Public Administration, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, People's Republic of China)
Xiaoting Zhao (School of Management, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, People's Republic of China)
Liang Tong (School of Management, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, People's Republic of China)

Journal of Science and Technology Policy in China

ISSN: 1758-552X

Article publication date: 26 July 2011

Abstract

Purpose

China's research and development (R&D) internationalization has grown rapidly in the 1990s. However, academic research has not kept pace with it. The purpose of this paper is to study the development characteristics and evolution pattern of China's R&D internationalization, explore its challenges to China's traditional science and technology (S&T) system, and to give some suggestions for the reform of China's S&T system as well.

Design/methodology/approach

An in‐depth case study about Huawei is conducted by focusing on its strategy and development pattern of overseas R&D activities. It involves two methods of data collection: comprehensive interviews and administrative records and documents of the company. More information about China's R&D internationalization and S&T system is obtained through literature review, policy documents collection and a previous questionnaire survey of 28 leading Chinese firms.

Findings

Based on the literature review, previous survey and study of the strategy and development of R&D internationalization of Huawei, a three‐stage model is proposed to explain the evolution of R&D internationalization in China. The challenges to the traditional S&T system in China are summarized. In the future, R&D internationalization should be considered as an important factor in the reform of China's S&T system. Some suggestions are given as well.

Originality/value

This paper puts forward a three‐stage model to explain the evolution of R&D internationalization in China, which may add both academic and practical value to the field of internationalization of R&D. It brings some valuable implications to the reform of China's S&T system as well. This paper analyzes the challenges and opportunities brought by R&D internationalization to China's S&T system on the basis of case study and policy documents collection. The suggestions of the reform of China's S&T system are presented.

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Citation

Chen, J., Zhao, X. and Tong, L. (2011), "China's R&D internationalization and reform of science and technology system", Journal of Science and Technology Policy in China, Vol. 2 No. 2, pp. 100-121. https://doi.org/10.1108/17585521111155183

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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