Ju Liu

Ju Liu
Malmö University | mah · Department of Urban Studies (US)

Ph.D.

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July 2012 - present
Lund University
Position
  • PostDoc Position
August 2011 - July 2012
Tampere University
Position
  • Senior Researcher
Description
  • Working in the TaSTI group on channels and platforms for innovation and competence building in transnational innovation system.
June 2008 - September 2008
ETH Zurich
Position
  • Visiting researcher

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Publications (23)
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This paper examines the dynamics of a technological innovation network (TIN) of a state-owned textile company in underdeveloped southwest China. It addresses tow research questions: how the structure of the TIN evolved in the past 10 years; and what impact it had on the technological performance of the firm. The case study reveals that the general...
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This paper explores the geography and structure of global innovation networks (GINs) of two multinational companies belonging to industries with different knowledge bases. It contributes to the existing literature on knowledge bases, by studying both intra-firm and inter-firm GINs. By means of social network analysis based on primary data, we ident...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to contextually theorise the different patterns of emerging multinational companies’ (EMNCs’) learning processes for innovation and the different influences of their technology-driven FDIs (TFDIs) on the processes. Design/methodology/approach A comparative case study method and process tracing technique are e...
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Housing renovation is a common concern to owners, tenants and to society at large. Inaddition to the high economic costs, the implementation of housing renovation usually have a longtermimpact on the society and the built environment. This is a theoretical paper that develops asystem model for understanding sustainable housing renovation as a syste...
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There is an increased need of understanding organizational and institutional underpinnings of firms’ global knowledge search. This paper addresses thick and diversified RIS in two different territorial contexts and explores firms’ use of physical and virtual space in their search of innovation relevant knowledge. Through interviews with ICT and new...
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Housing renovation, in contrast to new construction projects, has to take good care of the tenants who are already living in the building. What are the theoretical and practical implications concerning the transformation from a technology-and-engineering-focused renovation approach to a more user-oriented one? What are the mechanisms of strategy ch...
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Stakeholder management is an important task for project managers in housing renovation. Compared with new construction project, a great challenge is managing the tenants living onsite before or during the renovation. This paper is a teaching case based on a real-life housing renovation of a Swedish real estate company between 2009 to 2016. The proj...
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The paper explores the factors driving Outward Foreign Direct Investment (OFDI) by Emerging multinational enterprisess (EMNEs) and the patterns of knowledge transfer in six cases of EMNEs from three BRICS’ economies (India, China and South Africa). It found that there are significant differences between the OFDI from EMNEs and Developed multination...
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This article is an in-depth comparative case study of six leadingmanufacturing firms in the Great Zurich region of Switzerland and the Sichuanprovince of China. It employs innovation system approach, institutionalthickness framework and social network analysis to investigate the regionalinstitutions of the two regions and their impact on the connec...
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The recent wave of globalisation has been characterised not only by an increased number of cross-border production networks but also by an increasing number of cross-border innovation networks. However, most literature treats global innovation networks (GINs) as an extension of global production networks (GPNs). Taking a network perspective and bas...
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This paper explores the role of universities in firms’ innovation networks by investigating three leading manufacturing companies in Sichuan province of China. The paper is a multiple case study with innovation system approach as its theoretical framework and social network analysis as its analytical tool. It found that universities play small and...
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This paper examines the 10-year-long dynamics of a technological innovation network (TIN) of a textile company in China. It opens the black box of the firm and provides a whole picture of the firm's internal and external innovation network. It addresses two research questions: how did the structure of the company's TIN evolve and what was the impac...
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Since the early 1990s China's economy has emerged one of the leading economies in the world due to factors such as judicial mix of policies of economic liberalisation and protection, and the process of globalisation driven by the information and communication technologies (ICT) revolution, which brought closer the national economies across the glob...
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This paper focuses on the 10-year-long practice of mobilizing key resources to build strategic capabilities based on technological innovation in a textile company in China. We propose an analytical framework on the basis of RBV theory and value chain analysis and adopt a dynamic perspective to determine the pattern and process of how different bund...
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This paper investigates the structure of the intra-firm innovation networks (IntraINs) and the inter-organisational innovation networks (InterINs) of six leading manufacturing companies in the Great Zurich Area of Switzerland and the Sichuan province of China. It assesses the regional institutional environments (RIEs) of these two regions and explo...
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The paper explores the factors driving Outward Foreign Direct Investment (OFDI) by Emerging multinational enterprises (EMNEs) and the patterns of knowledge transfer in six cases of EMNEs from three BRICS’ economies (India, China and South Africa). It found that there are significant differences between the OFDI from EMNEs and Developed multinationa...
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This paper focuses on the practice of technological innovation in a state owned enterprises (SOE) which operates in traditional industry and is located in an underdeveloped region of a developing country. It is about best practice of benefiting from technological innovation through patent strategy in this company. We try to determine the mechanism...
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Understanding the role of knowledge and organizational learning in fostering or inhibiting innovation becomes crucially important (Lam, 2005). Innovation is not an isolated process of neither individuals nor firms. Innovation is a process which happens in a system where interaction between firms, customers, suppliers, competitors and various other...
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This paper focuses on the practice of mobilizing key resources to build strategic capabilities based on technological innovation in a textile company in China. We propose an analytical framework on the basis of RBV theory and value chain analysis to determine the pattern of how different bundles of the key resources contributed to the strategic cap...
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China has been characterised by extremely high rates of economic growth for the last several decades. This growth originates from a transformation of the institutional set up giving more room for regional initiative, private ownership and use of market mechanisms. Regional political resources have been aligned to globally oriented market resources...

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Ageing population has been conventionally considered as a problem or a burden of the society. Senior citizens are commonly put into a social category of disadvantaged or vulnerable group as passive receivers of social services. Such perception leads to common practices which focuses on providing help, convenience and aid to the senior people, but to great extent, ignores their knowledge, life experiences, skills and capabilities which are accumulated all their lives and are certainly great assets of the society. There is no doubt that ageing population presents great challenges to the society. It is a global problem. However, the problem is not the ageing population per se, but the lack of means to take use of the senior citizen’s talents and meet their needs. Addressing the social challenge of ageing population for sustainable future calls for new perspectives, new thinking and new methods which take ageing population not as a problem but as a source of sustainability. This project studies an experimental cross-generation, cross-cultural housing project in Helsingborg, Swede. It investigates the institutional context, the organisational process and the social and organisational impacts of the project. It is expected to generate new knowledge for promoting innovation for social sustainability.
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The main objective of the project is to understand how and explain why firms in different regions around the world use global networks (GINs) to innovate, and their impact. This project will contribute significantly to our understanding of the dynamics and processes behind the globalization of innovation and will inform policy makers on when and how globalization of innovation may have positive or negative consequences on the innovativeness of Swedish firms and regions.