What is the general aim of this conference?
The great philosopher Hegel considered that ancient China had no philosophy in the real sense of the world, being in philosophical "prehistory." It is a shame that for such eminent authority to make such a colossal error of judgment is truly regrettable. Western management scholars failed again to predicate the outstanding performance of Chinese companies. Twenty years ago, management scholars forecasted that despite the ambition and a strong desire to do so, Chinese companies would not join the ranks of multinationals by this millennium. In fact, Chinese firms have not only squeezed themselves into the multi-nationals but also have created their own renowned brands.
However, Chinese firms' successful case proves that the followers not only can catch up with its forerunners but also surpass them through technology transfer, technological leapfrogging and technology innovation. No doubt an appropriate technology and innovation strategy will play a pivotal role. How could a small fishing village like Shenzhen become a large, modernized international city of 10 million people within just 30 years of time? How could local Chinese firms, such as, Lenovo, Haier, TCL and Huawei become world famous brands in such a short period? Geely, a local private company, with a successful acquisition of Volvo, has now become a leading car manufacturing firm in the world. Some observers believe that these remarkable achievements can only be done in China, which is a result of the radical economic reform plus China's soft capacity and Chinese characteristics, Chinese entrepreneurship and indigenous innovation.
The debt crises threaten the very future of the Euro. The financial bubble bursting not only still overshadows the depression of the US economy but the downgrade of US credit rating has made its economy much worse. The uprising in Middle East and North Africa in particular, in Libya, presents un-certainty and un-stability. The global economy is at a cross-road. In the meantime, Japan and Europe are feeling not comfortable with China's pro-active merger and acquisition. The major fear for this is if China could embrace the technology-led firms, such as Volvo, and manage properly the technology and innovation capacity among multinational companies. China has been seeking innovation framework and implementation strategy for sustaining and upgrading its economy. Some observers point out, China, being second largest science and technology thesis producer, runs the second largest economy next to the US after succeeding Japan in 2010. Goldman Sachs predicated that the Chinese GDP will exceeds the US by 2027 while the World Bank economist forecasts that Chinese economy continues to create wonder and surpasses US economy in about twenty years of time by 2030. IMF produces even bolder forecast that China's GDP will exceeds the US by 2016. However economic scale and innovation capacity are different concepts. The complexity of China's innovation strategy has not been well understood and explored, which not only pre-occupies Chinese politicians and entrepreneurs but also leads to the anxiety and misconception of the Western counterparts.
China took 12.3 percent of the world total R&D spending in 2010, next to the US. China had 200.3 thousand patent applications in 2008, which ranks No. 3 next to Japan and the US. However the recent accident in Wenzhou in July with the high speed train system has put China's innovation strategy under re-scrutiny, for which the Wall Street Journal allegedly describes China's innovation as "paper tiger".
In the meantime, China's active purchasing technology, from green technology to renewable technology from the US, from air bus technology to manufacturing technology from Europe causes concern in the west. However the major worry for China is if China can get the key technology through the procurement and acquisition. Technology transfer has now been regarded as a new focus while the emerging powers and the western powers are trying to collaborate. International technology transfer can be beneficial for China and US and EU. Successful technology transfer can not only translate China's technology innovation strategy into achievable objectives and leverages innovation capacity building but also put EU and US research and technological efforts into profitable business.
Due to fear of losing competitive advantage, it is not surprising that transferor will block the channels of technology transfer if the transferor feels uncertainty of IP protection. Both the transferor and the transferee will lose once the blockage occurs. However the major concern from the transferor is that China has yet to establish an appropriate and robust IP implementation strategy, which is widely recognized as strategic approach in un-blocking the channel of technology transfer and boosting science and technology innovation.
The goal of this conference is to inspire current and strategic thinking, provide a platform for exploring linkages and mechanisms, and explore appropriate and effective modes of technology transfer, technology innovation and technology collaboration between China and the western countries. The primary focus is on building innovation and technology management capabilities on both the national (macro) and corporate (micro) levels for enhancing core competency and sustainable growth. Our intent is to provoke creative and innovative ideas, by bringing together various stakeholders, including academics, researchers, corporate leaders, policy makers, venture capitalists, managers, and senior students for exchange of ideas, research findings, current experiences, best practices, and lessons learned. The intellectual lens will rotate around addressing various questions with the thematic content of 'East-West" modes of collaboration in this field.
What is CAMOT?
The China Association for Management of Technology (CAMOT) www.camot.org is proud to be a partner of the United Nations on its recent initiative http://academicimpact.org/index.php – Academic Impact. We have no hesitation in endorsing whole heartedly the 10 principles of the Academic Impact. We will engage our members in higher education across the world in promoting these principles. We sincerely believe that these principles are pivotal in building a peaceful world and harmonious societies.
CAMOT incorporated with International Association for Management of Technology (IAMOT www.iamot.org) and International Forum of Technology Management (IFTM), offers its members association with professionals and academics in the field. It has been acknowledged that there is particularly close interaction between IAMOT, IFTM and the founding members of CAMOT following the successful launching of Journal of Technology Management in China by Emerald Insight in the UK in 2005.
CAMOT is an international organization committed to encouraging and supporting researchers and professionals who are engaging research in strategic management of technology and innovation in China. CAMOT aims to establish national, regional, and international collaborative research programs in the field of technology management, technology transfer, technology innovation, as well as knowledge transfer by engaging government agencies, funding agencies, educational institutions, state-own enterprises (SOEs) as well as private sectors in China. CAMOT stresses the importance of keeping-up with the fast pace of technological change and the emerging new global paradigms of the business environment. MOT is an important strategic instrument to improve competitiveness and create prosperity in China. CAMOT believes that there is a need for appropriate infrastructures, strategies and mechanism to be established in order to support the diffusion of management of technology principles throughout China and a need to address the existing gaps in the process of technology management, which will assist in implementing more sustainable arrangement for successful technology transfer and technology innovation.
Who should participate?
- Academics, Researchers and Postgraduate Students in Higher Education
- Presidents, Vice-Presidents, CEOs and Senior Officers of Corporations
- Chief/senior Engineers of Large – Medium - Enterprises
- Venture Capitalists and Fund Managers
- Government Officials in-charge of technology and innovation policies
- R&D Managers
- Project Managers
- Entrepreneurs and Technology Innovators
- Engineers in areas of Design, Production, Manufacturing, Quality, Marketing and Sales
- Managers in the areas of Services, Finance, Marketing, Economics and Public Policy
- Production and Operation Managers
- Educators involved in Technology, Innovations, Engineering, Management, Industrial Administration, Management of Productivity and Quality, Business Administration and Economics, logistics and supply chain management
Where and when is the conference taking place?
The conference is to be jointly held by the Institute of China Enterprise Development, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and China Association for Management of Technology www.camot.org
Time: 29th -31st October, 2011
Hosted by: Institute of China Enterprise Development, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, PRC
Conference web: http://www.camot.org/2012conference/2012index.htm
CAMOT Book Volumes/Proceeding
It has been agreed that a book volume/proceeding with selected conference papers will be published after CAMOT 2012 International Conference, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. This book volume will be applied for ISI and ISTP indexed.