Work-in-progress and cross disciplinary work

Journal of Technology Management in China

ISSN: 1746-8779

Article publication date: 5 April 2013


Carraher, S.M. (2013), "Work-in-progress and cross disciplinary work", Journal of Technology Management in China, Vol. 8 No. 1.



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Work-in-progress and cross disciplinary work

Article Type: Editorial From: Journal of Technology Management in China, Volume 8, Issue 1

Welcome to Issue 1 of Volume 8 of the Journal of Technology Management in China. Articles from the journal have now been cited 673 times according to Publish or Perish, and the journal has an h index of 14 and a g of 19, so articles have been cited 47 since the last issue of the journal. We have three exciting articles and one case study in this issue. We begin with “Accessing external knowledge by Chinese firms: a conceptual framework” by Osama Al-Kwifi of Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Zafar U. Ahmed of Lebanese American University – one of the top global marketing scholars in the world. In this study, the authors introduce a conceptual framework for knowledge transfer between Chinese firms and universities around the world, based on a joint learning process. The transfer of knowledge is important to increase the innovative capabilities of Chinese firms by accessing more sources of new knowledge not available locally. The framework is derived from the resource-based perspective. Next we have “Understanding the application of Kaizen methods in construction firms in China” by Gao Shang and Low Sui Pheng, both of the National University of Singapore. Their objective is to fill the gap in the literature by addressing the implementation issues facing Kaizen in a project setting, and employ qualitative methods to investigate the application of Kaizen within large Chinese construction firms. They interviewed 27 Chinese building professionals from 16 large Chinese firms.

In “The utility of Mobile Apps as a Service (MAaaS): a case study of BlueBridge Digital” by Santiago Jaramillo of BlueBridge Digital and C. Daniel Harting of Teaching for America examine the Software as a Service, MAaaS as pioneered by BlueBridge Digital and their subsidiary VisitApps. The case study finds the model that Blue Bridge’s subsidiaries offer to be a superior model of application development, delivery, and support than other common existing models for mobile application vendors. Further, many of its best practices may be replicable in developing economies. The final article is still very much a work-in-progress – “The interaction of leadership and personality among Chinese and American nascent entrepreneurs” by Luke Singer and Phil Millage, both of Inspiration Consulting. What they have done is to examine the intersection of leadership and personality among nascent entrepreneurs in China and the USA. The purpose of this is to encourage cross-country research. The authors are looking for collaborators to flesh out their ideas and insights more fully. You may contact Professor Dr Phil Millage at: if you are interested in working with them.

Shawn M. Carraher