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Writer Master Date 2017-10-30
Subject How China manufacturers achieve technological catch-up: The periphery-core mode
of R&D cooperation
Contents Link: http:www.emeraldinsight.comdoiabs10.1108CMS-12-2016-0256
Author: Weibao Li , (School of Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China), Weiwei Wu , (School of Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China), Yexin Liu , (School of Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China), Bo Yu , (School of Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China)

Abstract: Purpose
The purpose of this paper is to explore how China's manufacturers catch up with the forerunners through R&D cooperation by developing a new mode of latecomer뻜orerunner R&D cooperation, i.e. the periphery뻙ore mode, which provides a viable way for China's manufacturers to obtain forerunners' core knowledge from their periphery knowledge via knowledge spillover and knowledge transfer.

Designmethodologyapproach
The paper first reviews the literature on R&D cooperation process in the catching-up context and knowledge management in R&D cooperation. Then, three cases of R&D cooperation between China's advanced technology manufacturers and their forerunners are introduced, with emphasis on interactivities in R&D cooperation and knowledge spillover. On the basis of the multi-case study, the periphery뻙ore mode of R&D cooperation between latecomers and forerunners is conducted.

Findings
The paper finds that the latecomers can catch up with their forerunners by acquiring forerunners' core technology used in periphery R&D activities. Through formal and informal interactions, the forerunners' core technology can be extracted and transferred to latecomers, which the latecomers can then absorb and further develop. Thus, it can be concluded that the periphery뻙ore mode of R&D cooperation is a viable way for the latecomers to get access to forerunners' core technology.

Originalityvalue
The paper contributes to the literature on the catching-up theory by developing the periphery뻙ore mode as a new mode for the latecomers to catch up with the forerunners. It expands the understanding of the latecomer뻜orerunner R&D cooperation by focusing on the way that China's manufacturers as latecomers catch up with the forerunners by accessing the forerunners' core knowledge from their R&D cooperation in periphery knowledge. The paper shows the mechanism of knowledge transfer and spillover in R&D cooperation. The role of communications, especially informal communication between cooperation partners, is emphasized in this process. This study also provides a new perspective for cooperation partner selection by arguing that latecomers can choose their cooperation partners according to the periphery and core knowledge they possess, other than the relationship between them. Besides, this paper emphasizes the mutual support between knowledge transfer, knowledge spillover and knowledge absorption, which is necessary for latecomers to achieve successful catching up in periphery뻙ore R&D cooperation.