International collaboration and radical innovation in Chinese firms
(in cooperation with the DFG Workshop “INNOVATION IN CHINA”)
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Collaboration, Technological Innovations and Evolution of the Telecommunication Industry: Projectlevel Evidence from a Multinational Enterprise
This paper investigates how a leading Chinese multinational enterprise in a core sector of the 4th industrial revolution manages national and international collaborations within and beyond its Sectoral System of Innovation to create major innovations. We find that the firm has purposefully expanded its technology boundaries through collaborations, especially with international leading universities, to maintain its leadership. Promising non-core technologies have been integrated into its core production systems, expanding the boundary of the industry.