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Knowledge workers and knowledge flows in the Chinese system of innovation

posted on 2023-06-08, 09:40 authored by Matias RamirezMatias Ramirez, P Dickenson
Chinese information and communication technology (ICT) firms have developed in the past 20 years into internationally competitive players and major contributors to their country's industrial development. To reach this position they have innovated new products that are competitive on the world market. This achievement is particularly significant since China remains a poor country in terms of per-capita income, and other developing countries have failed to make similar breakthroughs. Hence, there is a need to research how this has been accomplished. One important aspect that has not been studied is how the specific make-up of labour market institutions for knowledge workers, including the mobility of knowledge between academic and business institutions influences the ability of companies to innovate. This requires a study into the new labour market institutions that have emerged to mediate the knowledge flows of Chinese workers between research institutions and firms and between firms. In particular this approach will allow an exploration of the nature of the networks between that exist State institutions and indigenous innovative corporations. The research will be undertaken using qualitative and quantitative methods. The research questions will be addressed by investigating ICT firms and will look more specifically at inter/intra firm mobility of knowledge workers, work organisation and nature of teams, qualifications and labour market typology. Data on these parameters will be obtained by interviewing and surveying senior managers and technical and scientific workers.


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4th Globelics Conference

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Kerala, India. October 4th - 7th

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