Regional development through autonomy establishment in contemporary Western China -Regional development through autonomy establishment in contemporary Western China

Feng Liu, Makoto Hirano, Peiqian Liu, Junhong Zhang

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Abstract

In an effort to narrow the technological gap between itself and the eastern region, Western China is actively engaged in promoting the development of high-tech industry. In the process of that development, local universities play an essential role directly or indirectly as a source of new knowledge and advanced technology. University-run enterprise (URE) is the primary way which the universities engage directly in regional economic development. This paper describes the new dynamics of university-run high-tech enterprises in Chengdu by observing two cases of UREs. We found that, despite being the less developed area in China, Western China has latecomer advantages even in growing high-tech UREs. This analysis was done in two dimensions, i.e., endogenetic and exogenous factors of the business development of the two companies. Also, similarities and differences in the management model and business strategies of the two cases are examined. The key focus of analysis here is autonomy establishment. Through analyzing performance and characteristics of the companies, the following implications are induced: 1) For the high-tech university-runs in Western China, latecomer advantages are more effective when they have enough autonomy and suitable support from the outside world. 2) The nature of partners is one of the most significant factors of support from the outside, because it will affect the performance of UREs, particularly regarding social responsibility or economical efficiency. Now is the right time for the development of the UREs in Western China. Even though the performance of UREs would vary from one to the other because of the different characteristic of their partners, they can utilize the suitable situation for developing business by establishing their autonomy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE International Engineering Management Conference
Pages158-164
Number of pages7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event2007 IEEE International Engineering Management Conference, IEMC 2007 - Austin, TX
Duration: 2007 Jul 292007 Aug 1

Other

Other2007 IEEE International Engineering Management Conference, IEMC 2007
CityAustin, TX
Period07/7/2907/8/1

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Industry
Autonomy
Regional development
Western China
High-tech
Economics
Factors
Technological gap
Regional economic development
Business development
Social responsibility
Business strategy
High-tech industry
Management model
Local development
China

Keywords

  • Autonomy
  • University-run enterprises
  • Western China

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Engineering(all)

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Regional development through autonomy establishment in contemporary Western China -Regional development through autonomy establishment in contemporary Western China. / Liu, Feng; Hirano, Makoto; Liu, Peiqian; Zhang, Junhong.

IEEE International Engineering Management Conference. 2008. p. 158-164 5235081.

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Liu, F, Hirano, M, Liu, P & Zhang, J 2008, Regional development through autonomy establishment in contemporary Western China -Regional development through autonomy establishment in contemporary Western China. in IEEE International Engineering Management Conference., 5235081, pp. 158-164, 2007 IEEE International Engineering Management Conference, IEMC 2007, Austin, TX, 07/7/29. https://doi.org/10.1109/IEMC.2007.5235081
Liu, Feng ; Hirano, Makoto ; Liu, Peiqian ; Zhang, Junhong. / Regional development through autonomy establishment in contemporary Western China -Regional development through autonomy establishment in contemporary Western China. IEEE International Engineering Management Conference. 2008. pp. 158-164
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