New Book: China's Path to Innovation by Xiaolan Fu

02 February, 2015

Professor Xiaolan Fu has published a new book titled China's Path to Innovation with Cambridge University Press.

Over the past three decades, China has experienced rapid economic growth and a fascinating transformation of its industry. However, much of this success is the result of industrial imitation and China's continuing success now relies heavily on its ability to strengthen its indigenous innovation capability.

In this book, Professor Fu investigates how China can develop a strategy of compressed development to emerge as a leading innovative nation. The book draws on quantitative and qualitative research that includes cross-country, cross-province and cross-firm analysis. Large multi-level panel datasets, unique survey databases, and in-depth industry case studies are explored. Different theoretical approaches are also used to examine the motivations, obstacles and consequences of China's innovation with a wider discussion around what other countries can learn from China's experience.

Professor Fu is director of the Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD) at ODID.