The latecomer strategy for global ICT standardization: Indigenous innovation and its dilemma

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This article reviews China's changing standardization strategies amidst the standards competitions that take place both domestically in China and globally. The relevant policies in China now support indigenous innovation, particularly in the information and communication technologies (ICT) industry by using standards, encourage domestic firms to patent their standard-related technologies, and promote innovation-oriented inter-firm alliances. The three cases examined illustrate the challenges that the Chinese government faces in implementing the policies. Most of all, while the government has actively promoted indigenous innovation as a latecomer strategy for global standardization, there are possibilities of clash with the international norms for free competition and economic liberalization which China is supposed to comply with. There are also oppositions from those domestic firms that mainly export products compliant with the international standards set by advanced countries, and from local authorities that support those firms. The demands for international compliance are often strengthened by multinationals importing products compliant with the international standards. These clashes and oppositions give a dilemma to the policy makers who want to push the standardization strategy based on indigenous innovation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)933-943
Number of pages11
JournalTelecommunications Policy
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Nov

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea Grant funded by the Korean Government ( NRF-2011-330-H00002 ).

Funding Information:
The relevant state bureaus including the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) strongly supported the development of R&D alliances. On December 1 in 2009, MOST with other five ministries jointly released a provision of The Measure to Promote Construction and Development of Industrial Technology Innovation Strategic Alliance (Tentative) 11 11 including an Annex II, The Reference for Preparation of Agreement of Industrial Technology Innovation Strategic Alliance. The documents provided detailed guidelines for the establishment of industrial alliances.

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© 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Information Systems
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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