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Political Economy of China Group: From Followers to Leaders–Challenges of Innovation in East Asia

When Nov 17, 2016
from 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Where Little Hall, Sidgwick Site
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You are invited to a special panel by CRP and the Cambridge Political Economy of China Group. 

From Followers to Leaders: The Challenges of Innovation in East Asia

Professor Doug Fuller, School of Management, Zhejiang University

Professor Rajah Rasiah, Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya

Chaired by Dr Jin Zhang, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

Time: 5-7pm, November 17, Thursday
Place: Little Hall, Sidgwick Site 

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The presentations will give insights into the innovation dynamics in East Asia and explore the role of support institutions and firm strategy in a new age of high-tech leadership. 

In his book Paper Tigers, Hidden Dragons: Firms and the Political Economy of China's Technological Development, Prof Fuller explains how China has managed to overcome an inefficient support system to create a number of vibrant high-tech firms. These firms, China’s hidden dragons, are neither purely domestic nor foreign-owned, but combine ethnic Chinese management and foreign financing.

In his latest paper titled Catching up and Leapfrogging: How East Asia Has Redefined the Integrated Circuit Industry, Prof Rasiah will explain how Korean and Taiwanese firms, along with institutional support, strategised, caught up and leapfrogged to assume leadership in memories and logic chips, while other East Asian firms have lagged behind. 

Presenters’ Biography:

Douglas B. Fuller is a professor in the Department of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy of Zhejiang University’s School of Management. He previously taught at King’s College London, Chinese University of Hong Kong and American University. His research spans the political economy of development, technology policy and strategy, and comparative capitalism with a geographic focus on East Asia. He has written Paper Tigers, Hidden Dragons: Firms and the Political Economy of China’s Technological Development in addition to two edited volumes on Hong Kong’s technology policy and technology transfer between the US, China and Taiwan and a number of academic journal articles.

Rajah Rasiah is Professor of Technology and Innovation Policy, Faculty of Economics and Administration at the University of Malaya in Malaysia. His research focuses on the impact of transnational corporations and intellectual property rights on domestic industrial upgrading and innovations. He received his doctorate (economics) from Cambridge University, has held several international awards and fellowships and as undertaken consultancies for many international agencies, including UNCTAD, UNIDO, ILO, the World Bank, UNESCO, and ADB. Professor Rasiah has also published several books and numerous articles in international journals.

Looking forward to seeing you all there! 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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