Is disruptive innovation in emerging economies different? Evidence from China

Williamson, Peter, Wan, Feng, Yin, Eden and Lei, Linan (2020) Is disruptive innovation in emerging economies different? Evidence from China. Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, 57.

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Abstract

Most studies on disruptive innovations have focused on developed economies and little work examines this type of innovation in and from emerging economies. Moreover, previous studies on disruptive innovations have not investigated the processes behind. This study begins to fill these research gaps. Analysing disruptive innovations in and from China, we identify three important differences from the kinds of disruption observed in developed economies. First, rather than being based on launching products with inferior performance, disruptive innovations in China focus on offering different value propositions. Second, the rate at which Chinese disruptive innovations are improved and extended is typically faster than in developed markets. Third, Chinese disruptive innovations are often launched directly into a mass market rather than a niche. Besides identifying these differences, we also discuss how Chinese firms generate disruptive innovations. The findings expand the understanding of disruptive innovation and hence enrich the existing literature on this important phenomenon.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: disruptive innovation,emerging economies,innovation process,industrial relations,engineering(all),strategy and management,management science and operations research,information systems and management ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1400/1410
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2020 23:56
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2020 00:25
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/76751
DOI: 10.1016/j.jengtecman.2020.101590

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