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3 snapshots of Chinese innovation: GM, Semiconductors, AstraZeneca | McKinsey

3 snapshots of Chinese innovation: GM, Semiconductors, AstraZeneca | McKinsey | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it
Chinese innovation is evolving in diverse ways and at an uneven pace across a range of different industries.


1) GM China president Kevin Wale explains the importance of team-based innovation efforts in China and describes GM’s rapidly growing Advanced Technical Center in Shanghai. He also observes that innovation in China’s auto industry is more about commercialization models than technical achievements.


What China does better than any place else in the world is to innovate by commercialization, as opposed to constant research and perfecting the theory, like the West.


When the Chinese get an idea, they test it in the marketplace. They’re happy to do three to four rounds of commercialization to get an idea right, whereas in the West companies spend the same amount of time on research, testing, and validation before trying to take products to market.


2) The semiconductor industry is a powerful example of the tension surrounding China’s potential for innovation.  For two decades they have sought to create a more potent domestic semiconductor industry—with mixed results.


3) AstraZeneca's R&D focuses on unique disease mechanisms in China.  Certain diseases have high prevalence and, in many cases, could have different populations or different disease etiologies, presenting a white space on which R&D innovation can focus.

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The United States Is Destroying Its Education System, Truth?

The United States Is Destroying Its Education System, Truth? | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

Provocative! Themes include:  analysis paralysis, money as the goal, corporate greed, and classism.   It's not politics, it's education.


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A nation that destroys its systems of education, degrades its public information, guts its public libraries and turns its airwaves into vehicles for cheap, mindless amusement becomes deaf, dumb and blind.

 

It seems the USA:

  • prizes test scores above critical thinking and literacy.
  • celebrates rote vocational training and the singular, amoral skill of making money.
  • churns out stunted human products, lacking the capacity and vocabulary to challenge the assumptions and structures of the corporate state.
  • funnels them into a caste system of drones and systems managers.
  • transforms a democratic state into a feudal system of corporate masters and serfs.
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The author, Shannon Smith, is the Associate Director at EDUCAUSE. She lists: Author. Historian. Ed Techie. Innovator. Tribal College Faculty. Progressive.

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