British Academy

The Role of Internationalisation on Technological Capability-Upgrading in Developing Countries

This project explores how enterprises’ internationalisation influences technological capacities in developing countries.

It is argued that ventures will develop better technical capabilities not just in entering locales with more advanced technical capabilities but also in locales with less developed technical capabilities. The project team seeks to empirically investigate both paths through an empirical analysis of Chinese firms entering Europe, where technical infrastructure is usually more advanced, and in Africa, where such infrastructure is usually less developed.

The grant was awarded to Professor Xiaolan Fu (University of Oxford) as Principal Investigator, and includes Dr Jizhen Li (Tsinghua University) and Dr Zhongjuan Sun (Tsinghua University & Oxford University Research Visitor) as Co-Investigators.