Managing Foreign R&D in China

Maximilian Von Zedtwitz*, Tadashi Ikeda, Li Gong, Richard Carpenter, Seppo Hämäläinen

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China has become one of the most desired locations in which to do R&D. However, it has little innovation of its own, and intellectual property protection is weak. This raises questions: Is China R&D more hype than reality? Do cost advantages really outweigh the risk of losing technology to Chinese competitors? Lessons learned from managing R&D in China show that in order to avoid the typical pitfalls of managing R&D in a developing country, any China-based R&D must be part of an overall China strategy and must also be part of a global R&D effort.

Original languageEnglish
JournalResearch Technology Management
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)19-27
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Emerging economies
  • International R&D
  • Management in China

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