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Joint Workshop on Innovation and Globalization in Chinese Companies: Zhejiang University and University of Gothenburg
Date:2016-05-05 Readed:766 【Print

On 28 and 29 April, the research workshop “Creating Leading Edge Technical Competencies in Chinese Companies – Innovation and Globalization” was organized at Lindholmen Science Park, Gothenburg, Sweden, by Professor Maureen McKelvey, the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gotheburg (HGU), Sweden and Associate Professor Jun Jin, School of Management, Zhejiang University (SOM-ZJU), China. The purpose of this workshop is to bring together a selected group of researchers, to discuss and debate current research related to China, and especially the role of Chinese companies in relation to innovation and globalization in the modern economy. Researchers from universities in Sweden, China, UK, and Italy, presented their research on the technology transfer and internationalization of Geely and Volvo Car after the merge, the roles of Technology-driven FDIs in the learning processes for innovation in two leading Chinese wind turbine companies, self-reliance and catching-up in Chinese Cops sectors, comparison of innovation outputs after international acquisition in Chinese and Indian firms, reverse innovation types in Chinese firms, role of trust in innovation, and the technological evolution in Haier, Huawei and Xiaomi.

   Mr. Gang WEI, Deputy President of China Europe Vehicle Technology AB (CEVT in short, the research center of Geely in Gothenburg), and Mr. Fredrik Hedfors, Senior Vice President of CEVT participated the workshop too. Mr. Fredrik Hedfors talked about the development of Geely, the innovation system in Geely, and the goal, management, and innovation in CEVT with participants. The dialogue with CEVT furthered the understanding of CEVT.

   On 28th April, participants enjoyed a visit to the Volvo museum as well as a study visit in Lindholmen Science Park.

   The research presented at the workshop as well as additional research will be published in an edited book by Professors McKelvey and Jin entitled ‘How innovation and Globalization are Creating Leading Edge Technical Capabilities in Chinese Companies’. This English and Chinese version book should inform and inspire both academic researchers and practitioners.

   The workshop not only provides insights to the innovation and globalization of Chinese firms, but also enhances the cooperation between SOM-ZJU and HGU, and the cooperation among two business schools, Volvo Car, Geely Group, and CEVT.

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Cooperation between HGU and SOM-ZJU

The School of Management, Zhejiang University (SOM-ZJU) has established a strategic partnership with School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg (HGU). The cooperation focuses on the education program and research. The cooperation on education programs between two schools includes collaboration on Master Program on Logistic Management (4+1 program), co-supervision of thesis projects on the MSc programs Innovation and Industrial Management and Knowledge-based Entrepreneurship from School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, study tours of EMBA programs in China and Sweden, and students exchange program. The cooperation on research between two schools focuses on the visiting scholars, co-written papers, co-organized workshop, project cooperation, co-edited book, and so on. SOM-ZJU and HGU are going to further cooperation on education programs and co-supervision of graduates. In addition, the merge of Geely Group (the headquarter in Hangzhou, China) and Volvo Cars (the headquarter in Gothenburg, Sweden) provides an opportunity for the further cooperation among two business schools, Geely Group, Volvo Cars, and China Europe Vehicle Technology AB.

Introduction of CEVT

CEVT (China Europe Vehicle Technology AB) is an engineering and development centre for future C-segment cars, addressing the needs of both Volvo Cars and Geely Auto. The company was founded in March 2013 and is located in Lindholmen, Gothenburg. CEVT is a wholly owned subsidiary of Geely Auto. Besides the CEVT in Lindholmen, CEVT has set up CEVT China in Hangzhou too. Now, there are around 1,700 employees from 22 countries in CEVT Sweden and CEVT China in 2016 from 10 employees in 2013. CEVT is recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in Gothenburg.

CEVT covers vital aspects of passenger car development – from architecture, to power train and drive line components, to top hat engineering, i.e. the upper body structure as well as the vehicles’ exterior design. The modular strategy will deliver on the premium aspects that Volvo Cars requires, as well as on Geely Auto’s demands, in order to compete in the automotive market.

The board of CEVT is formed by key members from Geely Auto and Volvo Car.

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