Indigenous Innovation and Globalization: The Challenge for China's Standardization Strategy


Dieter Ernst


La Jolla, CA: UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation; Honolulu: East-West Center

Publication Date: June 2011
Binding: paper
Pages: viii, 123
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The study examines defining characteristics of the evolving Chinese innovation and standards system and explores possible impacts for China as well as the global economy. China considers standardization to be an essential tool for improving its innovative capacity, yet very little is known about this critical building block of China’s innovation system. At the center of the analysis is a fundamental challenge for China’s standardization strategy: How can China reconcile its primary objective of strengthening indigenous innovation with its leading role in international trade and deep integration into global corporate networks of production and innovation?This is a joint publication of the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) and the East-West Center.