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Critical issues facing R&D managers in China

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R&D managers in China experienced significant changes in the past decade, in particular because of Government policies of economic reform and opening to the outside world. These developments have brought about a number of rather specific R&D management issues and problems. The paper addresses the main problems faced by R&D managers in China. First, the current situation of R&D management in China is discussed, as well as the future developments. The paper then presents a case study of the CISRI (Central Iron & Steel Research Institute), a large comprehensive R&D organisation in Beijing. The analysis leads to the critical issues in CISRI's R&D management. After that, a further investigation is described into the trends of Chinese R&D management. The outcomes described focus on the future of R&D management in China as well as on the integration of Western R&D management theory in China. The paper concludes with the major issues and recommendations for the further development of R&D management in China.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9310.00095

Affiliations: 1: Department of Technology and Development, Faculty of Technology & Management, University of Twente, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands s.j.deboer@tdg.utwente.nl 2: Administration Department of Enterprises, Wuhan University of Technology, 14 Luoshi Road, Wuhan 430070, P.R.China wbgan@public.wh.hb.cn 3: Central Iron & Steel Research Institute, No.76 Xueyuannanlu, Beijing 100081, P.R.China

Publication date: July 1, 1998

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