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Standards and Their Impacts on Late-comer Industries:
A Case Study of the Light Vehicle Emission Standards and
the Dongfeng Automobile Group in China
Dongfeng Automobile Group,Technology Learning,Emission Standards,Standard Economics,
|Publication Year :||2019|
This study focuses on the relationship between standards and the evolution of late-comer industries. Taking China's Dongfeng Automobile Group as the case, this study explores the changing process of China's light vehicle emissions standards (hereinafter, 'emissions standards'), and discusses how automobile manufacturers responded to the changes of such standards. In so doing, it helps to clarify the role of emission standards in the technological upgrading and evolutionary processes of China's automobile industry.
According to this study, the development of China's emission standards has evolved from the phase of imitation learning to the phase of independent development. In the process, emission standards were utilized for promoting the development of automobile industry through guaranteeing product quality, stimulating product upgrading and encouraging the acquisition and application of new technologies. And, owing to the time and cost pressures brought by the emission standards, Chinese automobile manufacturers were forced to acquire advanced technologies through technology licensing, contracted development and other channels, leading to the emergence of R&D inertia among these manufacturers. In general, from the perspective of catch-up, this study finds that the enforcement of emission standards indeed has facilitated Chinese automobile makers’ efforts in applying new technologies and upgrading products. However, it is argued that the implementation of such standards seems not able to bring about their technological breakthroughs. In addition, the establishment of standards was affected by the government, automobile manufacturers, industrial institutions and other relevant participants. In order to balance the interests of all the actors involved, standards have inevitably become the outcomes of collective choices among these participants.
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