Currently, there are three forces creating a more favourable background for western multinational companies to do new business in China by transferring new technology. First, growing overcapacity means China requires not traditional turnkey factories, but instead, technology which leads to innovation and improvement. Second, a changing attitude by all levels of Chinese government to demanding state-of-the-art technology including software instead of previous generation technology, and to technology management and commercial implementation more. Third, intellectual property rights are becoming better respected. The author makes suggestions to best manage technology transfer into China, with this changed background. Based on six case studies and extensive desk and literature research, he makes proposals under three headings: creating a win-win situation, applying good basic principles of technology transfer to the Chinese case, and applying common sense to the management of intellectual property rights.
China, Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property Rights, Western Multinationals
Asian Studies | Technology and Innovation
European Management Journal
De Meyer, Arnoud.
Technology Transfer into China: Preparing for a New Era. (2001). European Management Journal. 19, (2), 140-144. Research Collection Lee Kong Chian School Of Business.
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