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Title: Corporate governance, finance, and technological capability in newly industrialising economies : a framework and evidence from auto and electronics industries in China
Author: Liu, Jiajia
ISNI:       0000 0004 2701 9385
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2011
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Based on empirical research in two of China's biggest and most important manufacturing sectors: Auto and Electronics, this study develops an analytical framework to understand, how firms in newly industrialising economies (NIEs) develop their technological capabilities, and how this is affected by the situation of finance and the practice of corporate governance (CG). Particularly, by further adaption of the theory to the Chinese context, it attempts to answer the questions: 1) 'What is the situation of technological capabilities in the firms in the Chinese Auto and Electronics Industries?'2) 'How has the development process of technological capabilities been?' 3) 'What is the situation of corporate governance and finance in Chinese Auto and Electronics firms?' and 4) 'How can the capabilities developed be explained from the finance/corporate governance aspect?' Two frameworks are developed on the basis of previous research on technological capabilities and corporate governance. Three Propositions are derived from these frameworks. Five case studies are conducted in both sectors, and seven hypotheses are then generated from the findings of case studies. They are tested through a questionnaire survey of 195 firms in the Chinese electronics industry. This thesis makes several theoretical contributions and has several policy implications. Primarily, this study contributes to the literature on the development of technological capability in NIEs by: 1) creating a better understanding of firm-level technological capability in the Chinese auto and (especially) electronics sectors; 2) providing a thorough account and explanations of how Chinese firms with typically flawed corporate governance (CG) fail to develop dynamic capabilities; how those with better CG succeed, and why there are not more of them. In addition this study has adapted the theoretical framework (the effect of corporate governance on technological development) to the Chinese situation and enriched it. It will enlighten future applications of such theory to the wider context of NIEs in general. For policy makers, the crucial implication is that any improvement in the governance factors studied in this study will significantly boost the development of technological capability.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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