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Maverick* Research: What the West Can Learn From China's Hothouse of Technology Innovation

Published: 23 September 2013

ID: G00252820

Analyst(s): Jimmie Chang, Jie Zhang


For many in the West, China's awe-inspiring economic rise has been based on imitation rather than innovation. But, as demonstrated here, this belief is largely a myth. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Table Of Contents


  • *Maverick Research
  • Dispensing With Misconceptions
  • The "Lack of Innovation" Myth and Its Causes
  • Debunking the Myths
    • Example: Tencent — How Incremental Innovation Can Make You King of the Internet
    • Example: Huawei — A Potential Leader of Innovation
    • Example: Alibaba Group — Creating a New Economy
    • Example: Qihoo 360 — The Power of the Underdog
    • Example: Xiaomi — Ingenious Cultural Marketing
    • Example: Cheyipai — Transforming the Traditional
    • Examples: Government-Sponsored and Policy-Based Initiatives
  • The Future of Innovation in China
    • Market Transparency
    • Internet Technology
    • IP Protection
    • R&D Resources
    • Approaches to Innovation
    • Cultural References
    • Mergers and Acquisitions
    • Government Sponsorship
    • Political Environment

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