China Innovation & Entrepreneurship Programme

The China Innovation & Entrepreneurship Programme encompasses the following research activities and projects:

• China's Innovation Policies

Examines how China should reform and develop its innovation policies to foster innovation in the country.

• International Open Innovation and Collaborative Research

Examines the determinants and impact of open innovation, and the moderating effect of cultural, institutional, and geographical difference on firms' choice of direction of international open innovation.

• Valuation of Early Stage Technology

Developing theoretical and empirical models for the valuation/pricing of early stage technology. Funded by Huawei Technologies.

• Technology Transfer and Indigenous Innovation in China

Research on Technology Transfer and Indigenous Innovation in China looks into: the determinants of indigenous innovation in China; science and technology policy in China; trade, foreign direct investment and technology transfer; and, migration of highly skilled personnel and knowledge transfer.

• Outward Direct Investment from China

The Outward Direct Investment from China project has attracted increasing attention in recent years. While much has been done on the determinants of emerging market MNEs, our understanding of its impact on the home and host countries are limited except a few case study evidence. This project attempts to analyse the impact of Chinese OFDI on the competitiveness and innovativeness of the investing firm, the employment and growth in the home region and host countries using both a cross country panel data set and a firm level survey in Guangdong Province. This research is carried out in partnership with Guangdong University of Foreign Studies.

• The Role of Internationalisation on Technological Capability-Upgrading in Developing Countries

The Role of Internationalisation on Technological Capability-Upgrading in Developing Countries project explores how enterprises’ internationalisation influences technological capacities in developing countries. It is argued that ventures will develop better technical capabilities not just in entering locales with more advanced technical capabilities but also in locales with less developed technical capabilities. The project team seeks to empirically investigate both paths through an empirical analysis of Chinese firms entering Europe, where technical infrastructure is usually more advanced, and in Africa, where such infrastructure is usually less developed. The grant was awarded to Prof Xiaolan Fu (University of Oxford) as Principal Investigator, and includes Dr Jizhen Li and Dr Zhongjuan Sun (Tsinghua University) as Co-Investigators.

• The International Dimension of Open Innovation

This project examines (1) the determinants and impact of the international dimension of open innovation and (2) the moderating effect of cultural, institutional and geographical differences on firms' choice of the direction of international open innovation and on the effect of open innovation on firms' innovation performance. This is a collaborative research with Professor Henry Chesbrough of University of California, Berkley.  

• The Integration of the Rising Powers into the Global Innovation System

A research consortium led by the Technology and Management for Development Centre joined by Cambridge University, Chinese Academy of Science, Tsinghua University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration.

• China and the Evolution of Global Manufactures Prices

The China and the Evolution of Global Manufactures Prices research tests the view that China’s global expansion has undermined prices, by examining price trends of manufactured products imported into the economies of the US, the EU and Japan, over the period 1988-2006. It analyses the price behaviour of different countries, addressing the related view that Chinese competition is progressing from low-technology products to medium- and hi-technology products.