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Practices for building innovation capabilities of local employees at German manufacturing subsidiaries in China

  • Many German multinational companies aim to transform their subsidiaries in China that previously solely focused on manufacturing into subsidiaries that also drive innovation. However, these companies face numerous challenges, due to local differences compared to the West. In order to facilitate the process, this paper studies practices for building innovation capabilities at German manufacturing subsidiaries in China, taking into account the local challenges. Based on in-depth interviews with managers in China, this study identifies three practices for driving the build-up of innovation capabilities within the subsidiary organisation: build knowledge, establish a mindset for innovation and increase measures for employee retention. The study adds to extant research by detailing these practices with approaches that target local challenges. Compared to the West, the local challenges include differences in skills and knowledge, culture, as well as work behaviour.

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Document Type:Article
Language:English
Author:Wenqian Zhou, Vivek K. VelamuriORCiD
Chairs and Professorships:Chair of Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1504/IJEIM.2020.108251
Parent Title (English):International journal of entrepreneurship and innovation management
ISSN:1368-275X
Volume:24
Issue:4-5
Year of Completion:2020
First Page:374
Last Page:392
Tag:Building innovation capabilities; China; German subsidiaries
Content Focus:Practitioner Audience
Peer Reviewed:Yes
Rankings:AJG Ranking / 1
VHB Ranking / C
SJR Ranking / Q3
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich gesch├╝tzt