Finnish Knowledge Intensive Business Services in China: Market Entry and Position in the Value Chain

Sen Bao, Marja Toivonen

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Abstract

The internationalization of knowledge-intensive business services (KIBS) plays an important role in the general process of globalization. As the largest emerging market, China is attractive for Western KIBS. This paper presents a case study on Finnish KIBS in China. Three companies in clean tech engineering, eco-cities design and 3D media solutions describe the challenges and promoting factors in entering the Chinese markets. The study also examines the various ways of positioning the firm in the value chain: the roles of an integrator, a concept developer and a multi-stage actor. Our findings illustrate the new business opportunities provided by China in advanced service sectors focusing on sustainability issues and creative contents.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-52
Number of pages10
JournalTechnology Innovation Management Review (TIM Review)
Volume4
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • internationalization of services
  • KIBS
  • knowledge-intensive business services
  • China

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