[PODCAST] Lessons from China’s innovators

Chinese innovators are making their mark globally. What can leaders and entrepreneurs around the world learn from the innovation happening in this country? I joined The Emerging World of Work to discuss my new book, Pioneers, Hidden Champions, Changemakers, and Underdogs: Lessons from China’s Innovators.  In this podcast, we explain the four different types of innovators in China, the successes of Western companies that have tried to move into this market, and the lessons the rest of us can learn from China’s startup culture.

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{German} Langfristige Visionen kombiniert mit Unternehmergeist

Das Internet der Dinge für Anwendungen in der Industrie (Industrial-IoT) spielt bei der Umsetzung der ambitionierten Pläne für Chinas wirtschaftsentwicklung eine entscheidende Rolle. Die Regierung hat offentlich-private Partnerschaften als Innovationstreiber in diesem Bereich identifiziert und unterstützt diese engagiert, damit innovative Lösungen rasch in praktische Anwendungen münden.

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2019 Two sessions: Towards building a more mature innovation country

Compared with years past, innovation this year received less explicit attention in the Government Work Report during China’s annual two sessions. Every year I comment on the central government’s review and plans for the year, looking for the role that the government assign to innovation in upgrading the economy and society. While a decade ago it was a new concept in public discourse; now innovation has become a commonplace – perhaps over-used – term in China. To see less emphasis on innovation as a concept this year was both a surprise and relief.

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Emerging Sino-foreign collaboration in IoT solutions

Public-private partnerships are paramount to the successful adoption of the industrial internet of things, or IIoT, solutions in China. In the aftermath of the Industrial Internet Consortium meeting in Beijing last November, our interaction with representatives of IIoT solutions providers suggest that the key to successful IIoT implementation is in collaborative approaches. While the available technology stack and actual use cases are important drivers for adoption, the partnership ecosystem and business models of deploying IIoT solutions are equally or more important.

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Understanding China’s next wave of innovation

Three types of emerging innovators in China are making it increasingly difficult for Western multinationals to compete. Thousands of innovative companies are quietly disrupting numerous industries, overtaking incumbents, and developing new products and new business models. For a variety of reasons we’ll discuss here, these emerging innovators are not easy to identify — yet they pose real threats, often in unexpected places.

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Emerging from the shadows: The new Chinese giants aiming to unseat Alibaba and Tencent

Given Alibaba and Tencent’s market power and reach, it is hard to imagine competitors beating them. Indeed, the B in the oft-mentioned BAT, Baidu, has struggled to keep pace with its larger rivals. Is there life beyond Alibaba and Tencent? Can a new generation of entrepreneurs convince Chinese consumers to utilize new services and platforms? The new kids on the block are growing up quickly.

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How Chinese companies are reinventing business

Chinese corporations are leading the way in developing new strategic frameworks that are ideally suited for the unstable digital age. Faced with a silo mentality, a lack of agility, attachment to the status quo, innovation paralysis, and all the downsides of traditional organizations, Chinese companies have frequently managed to successfully reformulate their organizations. Consider three successful Chinese organizational models: Xiaomi, Haier, Alibaba.

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Strategy implementation: The Chinese way

China is well known for visionary strategy making. Sun Tzu’s Art of War describes succinctly how to strategize a war, the Chinese government is a master of five-year strategic planning for a country of 1.4 billion people and China boasts numerous visionary entrepreneurs such as Zhang Ruimin, Jack Ma and Lei Jun. But, it is not the visionary strategy making that sets China apart. It is the pragmatic approach to strategy implementation that is worth investigating. Chinese companies have frequently managed to successfully reformulate their organizations and strengthen organizational cultures to facilitate strategy implementation.

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