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Global innovation networks for Chinese high-tech small and medium enterprises : The supportive role of highly skilled migrants and returnees

Lin, Jingyi and Plechero, Monica LU (2019) In International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development 11(2). p.140-154
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Literature investigating highly skilled Chinese migrants has so far focused on their role as drivers of new entrepreneurship as well as innovation in firms and regions, although their role in supporting small and medium enterprises' (SMEs) engagement in global innovation networks (GINs) is still underexplored. The participation in GINs is a key for high-tech SMEs, which rely on sophisticated knowledge but may not have the same absorptive capacity of large firms and multinational corporations. Based on primary data from a case study on 19 SMEs in the IT and new media industry in Beijing, this paper investigates the role of returnees and highly skilled migrants in supporting the engagement of Chinese high-tech SMEs in GINs. The results... (More)

Literature investigating highly skilled Chinese migrants has so far focused on their role as drivers of new entrepreneurship as well as innovation in firms and regions, although their role in supporting small and medium enterprises' (SMEs) engagement in global innovation networks (GINs) is still underexplored. The participation in GINs is a key for high-tech SMEs, which rely on sophisticated knowledge but may not have the same absorptive capacity of large firms and multinational corporations. Based on primary data from a case study on 19 SMEs in the IT and new media industry in Beijing, this paper investigates the role of returnees and highly skilled migrants in supporting the engagement of Chinese high-tech SMEs in GINs. The results reveal the important role of those individuals in bringing SMEs in former international knowledge networks and establishing new linkages for sourcing key knowledge.

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Beijing, China, GIN, Global innovation networks, Highly skilled migrants, IT, Knowledge sourcing, New media industry, Returnees, Small and medium enterprises, SMEs
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International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development
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11
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15 pages
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Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
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1753-1942
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10.1504/IJTLID.2019.099252
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  author       = {Lin, Jingyi and Plechero, Monica},
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  keyword      = {Beijing,China,GIN,Global innovation networks,Highly skilled migrants,IT,Knowledge sourcing,New media industry,Returnees,Small and medium enterprises,SMEs},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {140--154},
  publisher    = {Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.},
  series       = {International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development},
  title        = {Global innovation networks for Chinese high-tech small and medium enterprises : The supportive role of highly skilled migrants and returnees},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJTLID.2019.099252},
  volume       = {11},
  year         = {2019},
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