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China's Innovation Economy


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Self Paced 4 Hours Digital Badge $199


Course Overview

Many still believe that China’s economic success is mainly tied to its large cheap labor pool, or that its economy is not innovative. This is not true. This module explores China’s history and culture of innovation.


What topics will be covered

  • Trace the origins, evolution, and impact of imitation in the Shanzhai movement and beyond.

  • Explain how Chinese companies and cultural icons move from imitation to innovation.

  • Distinguish between ways that Chinese companies innovate.

  • Give examples of how big tech has impacted small-scale innovation in China.

  • Identify why entrepreneurship and innovation are important in the Xi Jinping Era.








Professor Doug Guthrie

Doug Guthrie is an expert in international business and trade, technology and society, entrepreneurship and technology transfer, and organizational development. Guthrie uses his past experience in his teaching at ASU since he was a senior director at Apple in Shanghai, China, where he led Apple University efforts on leadership and organizational development in China. Guthrie is a professor and the director of China Initiatives at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He has spent his career researching, writing, teaching and advising companies about organizational development and the Chinese economic reforms. 


Questions & Other Information 

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To earn the Executive certificate you must finish this self-paced online course with a finale score of 80% or greater. It provides approximately 4 hours of content. Participants have up to one year from the purchase date to complete this course with continuing education credit.