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China's Leap into the Information AgeInnovation and Organization in the Computer Industry$
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Qiwen Lu

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198295372

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198295372.001.0001

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The Legend Computer Group Company: A Model of ‘One Academy, Two Systems’

The Legend Computer Group Company: A Model of ‘One Academy, Two Systems’

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(p.63) 3 The Legend Computer Group Company: A Model of ‘One Academy, Two Systems’
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China's Leap into the Information Age
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Qiwen Lu

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198295372.003.0003

The Legend Computer Group Company was listed as the largest enterprise in the Chinese information technology industry. Officially, the company describes itself as a new type of state-owned enterprise that has emerged from China's economic reform, particularly the reform of the science and technology (S&T) system. This chapter describes Legend's history and its market performance and expansion in the computer industry. Legend was, and still is, a very successful enterprise, categorized as a state-owned enterprise because it was set up by a state research institute. What set Legend apart from the traditional state-owned enterprises, is the kind of operational principles Legend learned and implemented from non-governmental S&T enterprises such as Stone. Legend became a model of what was later called ‘one academy, two systems’, crystallized by the leadership of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in conjunction with the strategy of reforming the nation's science and technology system.

Keywords:   Legend Computer Group Company, information technology, state-owned enterprise, science and technology, Stone, Chinese Academy of Sciences, CAS

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