TMCD Newsletter October 2021

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Issue 18 - October 2021
A newsletter of the Technology and Management Centre for Development at the University of Oxford.
Two Inclusive Digital Model (IDMODEL) project policy briefs

The IDMODEL project has recently published two policy briefs that examine the impact of the Haate Haat (Hand2Hand) App, developed by the project, on the lives of marginalised people in Bangladesh.Issue 2,‘The role of digital technology in marginalised communities during the Covid-19 pandemic’, can be downloaded here. Issue 3, ‘Short-video platform innovation inspires marginalised communities’ new ways to generate income’, can be found here.
TMCD launches social venture, OxValue.AI at the International Investment Forum

OxValue.AI, is a social enterprise that offers a new approach to make technology pricing objective, affordable and accessible to all those who need it. OxValue was launched at the prestigious International Investment and Innovation Forum on 25th June 2021.It will provide a free service to low-income countries, support SME’s, with a particular aim to facilitate the dissemination of technologies to countries in the global south. It  will also donate scholarships to the TMCD centre in ODID.OxValue.AI utilises the Valuation of Early-Stage Technology (VEST) Tool, developed by Professor Xiaolan Fu of  TMCD. 

Prof Xiaolan Fu, appointed fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (ACSS), wins Falling Walls Science Breakthrough award

Professor Xiaolan Fu was recently conferred the prestigious award of Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (ACSS) and selected as a winner of the Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs of the Year 2021. A paper published by TMCD researchers including Professor Xiaolan Fu, Dr Shaomeng Li, Professor Zhongjuan Sun, Professor Jizhen Li and Micheal Kitson also received the best paper award in the ‘Corporate and start-up collaboration’ track at the 2021 R&D Management Annual Conference. The paper was titled ‘Strategy Configuration for Innovation: The Role of Portfolio and Density of Collaboration and Acquisition’.

Innovation and Catch-up in Platform Economy (ICPE) project

The Innovation and Catch-up in Platform Economy (ICPE) project, launched in 2021 is progressing well. A detailed questionnaire was recently developed based on the research framework.The questionnaire asks respondents about corporate culture, talent policy, innovation performance etc. This questionnaire was deployed in a large-scale survey that commenced in September 2021 in a world leading Internet company in China. This study will help us to examine the key factors that drive technological innovation and catch-up by world leading technology companies from developing countries.

The Inclusive Digital Model (IDMODEL) online conference
The IDMODEL online conference, organized by TMCD was held on 28th January 2021 with the theme ‘Digital Technologies and Platforms in the Covid-19 Era: Challenges and Prospects for Developing Countries’.
It was motivated by a desire to reflect on the various ways in which the Covid-19 pandemic caused changes to digital technology adoption and business models, as firms and countries struggled to cope with the challenges that it posed. You can read more about the conference here and watch videos from it here.

The 6th Sino-UK Innovation and Development Forum
We are pleased to announce the 6th Sino-UK Innovation and Development Forum with the theme “Green innovation and inclusive development” (register). This event will be held virtually on Wednesday 3rd November and Thursday 4th November, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. London time (17:30 - 20:30 Beijing time) on both days.
The Forum will include the IDMODEL China High Level conference on Thursday, 4th November with the theme ‘Digital Innovation and Inclusive Development’. It will be hosted by TMCD together with five other organizations from the UK and China. Free registration  for the event is available here and you can learn more about previous Sino-UK forums here.

TMCD welcomes the following new staff members.

Du Liu - Research Officer: Valuation of patents and start-ups in the pharmaceutical industry (MED-VEST) Project.

Jianan Lu - Research Officer: IDMODEL project.

Xuechen Ding - Research Officer: Innovation and Catch-up in Platform Economy project.

Lorraine Watling - Project Administrator.

We bid farewell to Shaomeng Li, Elvis Avenyo and Hui Jiao-Rashbrook.

Fu, Xiaolan (2020) ‘Innovation under the radar: The nature and sources of innovation in Africa’, Cambridge University Press.

Fu,X., Avenyo, E. and Ghauri, P. (2021) Digital platforms and development: a survey of the literature. Innovation and Development.

Fu, X., Li, Y., Li, J. and H. Chesbrough (2021) When do latecomer firms undertake international open innovation: Evidence from China. Global Strategy Journal.

Chen, J., Yin, X., Fu, X. and B. McKern (2021) Beyond catch-up: could China become the global innovation powerhouse? China’s innovation progress and challenges from a holistic innovation perspective. Industrial and Corporate Change.

Lin, Y., Fu, M.X., and Fu, X. (2021) Varieties in state capitalism and corporate innovation: Evidence from an emerging economy, Journal of Corporate Finance, vol 67.

Fu, X., Emes, D. and J. Hou, (2021) Multinational enterprises and structural change in developing countries: A survey of literature. International Business Review. vol 30, issue 2.

Fu, X., Zhang, J. and Wang, L. (2020) The impact of Covid-19 and post-pandemic recovery: China and the world economy, Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, 18 (4).

Fu, X., Fu, M. X., Remero, C. and Pan, J. (2020) Exploring new opportunities through collaboration within and beyond sectoral systems of innovation: Evidence from China. Industry and Corporate Change.

Lema, R., X. Fu and R. Rabellotti (2020) Green windows of opportunity: latecomer development in the age of transformation toward sustainability, Industry and Corporate Change, Vol 29, Issue 5,  Pages 1193–1209. (published in 2021)

Du Liu will present one paper at the 2021 Financial Management Association(FMA) Annual Meeting while Jianan Lu will present three papers respectively at the Financial Management Association(FMA) 2021 Annual Meeting;  American Economic Association (AEA) 2022 Annual Meeting and Sustainability and Development Conference 2022.*|END:IF|*
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