Summary of China's Leap into the Information Age

Innovation and Organization in the Computer Industry

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China's Leap into the Information Age book summary
China’s largest tech companies, which emerged from the reforms of the 1990s, provide computers, software, servers and components to the world’s largest market — and they’re making very capitalistic profits.


7 Overall

5 Applicability

10 Innovation

4 Style


Chinese tech firm is an oxymoron, right? Not at all, according to this intriguing work by the late professor Qiwen Lu. This book, fascinating at times, offers an in-depth look at four successful Chinese tech enterprises. Taking each of the four as a case study, Lu thoroughly illustrates the challenges facing a bureaucracy attempting to break into a fast-changing industry. In spite of its good points, Lu's book isn't perfect. The text is laden with jargon, and at times it's difficult to understand exactly how these enterprises are organized. Still, there's plenty to like about this book. getAbstract recommends it to anyone interested in emerging economies, technology or international trade, or to anyone willing to have their expectations overturned.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How China built a successful computer industry
  • How Chinese tech firms wrested control of the PC market in China from American companies
  • How governmental policies benefited the top four computer companies


In the 1980s, Chinese manufacturers weren't players in the personal-computer market. Even in the early 1990s, Compaq and IBM controlled the PC market in China. However, by the late 1990s, Chinese computer makers had taken control of two-thirds of the Chinese computer market. What changed?
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About the Author

The late Qiwen Lu was assistant professor of Asian business at the European Institute of Business Information in Fontainebleau, France. He died of liver cancer in August 1999, shortly after finishing this book.

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