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Joachim Jan Thraen uses insights from history to provide a fresh perspective on China’s potential transition towards a global innovation leader. He applies historical evidence from countries like the United States, Germany, and Japan in the 19th and 20th century and builds on results from four case studies to reveal key strategies that firms can utilize to leverage China as a global hub of innovation. China’s large market, strong manufacturing networks, increasing R&D capabilities, and a government strongly supporting innovation provide unique opportunities for new forms of innovation driven by efficiency, rapid commercialization, and large volumes. Managers that understand China’s innovation trajectory and adjust innovation strategies accordingly will achieve greater success in mastering innovation in China as a foundation for global competitiveness.

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Frontmatter

Chapter 1. Introduction

Abstract
In recent years, a number of large emerging economies have experienced rapid economic growth, emerging as important pillars of the global economy. At the same time, some of these countries are becoming important centers of global research and development (R&D) and innovation activities. Evidence such as increasing numbers of patent filings in emerging markets suggests that the geographic locus of innovation is gradually shifting from the traditional, advanced economy centers of innovation towards less developed economies (Bruche, 2009; von Zedtwitz, 2004).
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Chapter 2. Research Design

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Overview: Chapter 2.1 presents the general goals and a generic research concept of this dissertation, as well as underlying assumptions. Chapter 2.2 provides the rationale for the case study method used for explorative research. Chapter 2.3 gives in-depth reasoning to the selected sample.
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Chapter 3. Historical perspective on innovation in China

Abstract
Overview: This chapter outlines the theoretical concepts used in this dissertation, based on a review of the relevant literature, and outlines the theoretical relevance of the study.
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Chapter 4. Practical relevance of historical perspective

Abstract
Overview: This chapter illustrates the practical relevance of this study. The first section 4.1 provides a managerial perspective on R&D and innovation in emerging markets and in particular in China, highlighting the challenges and shortcomings of Western MNCs when operating in China. Subsequently, section 4.2 explains why a more comprehensive historical perspective is relevant from a managerial perspective.
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Chapter 5. Empirical findings

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Overview: This chapter presents the empirical findings of the present study. The first part – section 5.1 - presents a historical perspective on innovation, outlining the economic, institutional and political, as well as sociocultural factors that have been identified in the literature as conducive to or deterring innovation in the three distinct time periods outlined earlier. It also identifies historical factors responsible for shifts of innovation centers towards new regions and industries, providing insights into currently occurring trends.
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Chapter 6. Synthesis: integrating the historical perspective

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Overview: Chapter 6.1 presents the findings about the economic, political-institutional, and sociocultural context of the four case studies presented, and places them in a historical perspective. Chapter 6.2 summarizes the previous points and results in a conceptualization of the analysis conducted, integrating the view on modern China with the historical perspective.
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Chapter 7. Theoretical and managerial implications

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Overview: Chapter 7.1 provides the theoretical implications and resulting propositions of this study, based on the preceding historical analysis, as well as the synthesis (provided in the previous chapter) that re-evaluated innovation in current-day China from the historical perspective. In Chapter 7.2, the implications for management are outlined, based on the historical analysis and chapter 4 outlining the practical relevance of the present study.
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Chapter 8. Conclusion

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Overview: Chapter 8.1 outlines the theoretical implications and summarizes the developed propositions. Chapter 8.2 recapitulates the managerial implications. Lastly, chapter 8.3 provides limitations of this research and further research opportunities.
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