The Rise of Chinese Wind Turbine Manufacturers

Disruptive Innovations from China and India: The Strategic Implications for Local Challengers and Global Incumbents, Peter Ping Li, ed., Routledge, 2013 Forthcoming

36 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2012 Last revised: 26 Aug 2012

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Sunny Li Sun

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Xiaoming Yang

University of Missouri at Kansas City - Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

In this case study we investigate the evolutionary process of Chinese wind turbine manufactures’ innovation capability. By focusing on the three biggest wind turbine firms in China, Sinovel, Goldwind, Mingyang, and related value chain, we try to understand how their absorptive capacity leads to disruptive innovation through which Chinese wind turbine manufacturers quickly improved their global competitiveness. We developed a four-phase model to describe this evolution process. In the first knowledge acquisition phase, Chinese firms developed the capability in identifying and acquiring externally generated knowledge from foreign partners. In the second assimilation phase, they developed the capability in analyzing, processing, interpreting, and understanding the information obtained from external sources. In the third transformation phase, Chinese firms developed the capability in facilitating the combination of existing knowledge and the newly acquired and assimilated knowledge. In the fourth exploitation phase, they developed the capability in refining, extending, and leveraging existing competencies or creating new ones by incorporating acquired knowledge. We close with the discussion of several critical issues.

Keywords: absorptive capacity, wind power, learning, latecomer, catch up

Suggested Citation

Sun, Sunny Li and Yang, Xiaoming, The Rise of Chinese Wind Turbine Manufacturers (2012). Disruptive Innovations from China and India: The Strategic Implications for Local Challengers and Global Incumbents, Peter Ping Li, ed., Routledge, 2013 Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2121567

Sunny Li Sun (Contact Author)

University of Massachusetts Lowell ( email )

72 University Ave.
Lowell, MA 01854
United States

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Xiaoming Yang

University of Missouri at Kansas City - Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

5110 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64110
United States

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