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dc.contributor.authorAlves, Ana Cristinaen_US
dc.contributor.authorLee, Celiaen_US
dc.identifier.citationAlves, A. C. & Lee, C. (2022). Knowledge transfer in the global south: reusing or creating knowledge in China’s special economic zones in Ethiopia and Cambodia?. Global Policy, 13(S1), 45-57.
dc.description.abstractChinese special economic zones (SEZs) have played a key role in attracting massive foreign investment and in facilitating knowledge and technology transfer to local companies. This explains the mushrooming of Chinese-led SEZs and industrial parks in parts of Southeast Asia and Africa since the early 2000s, and more recently its prominence in the planning of the economic corridors along the Belt and Road Initiative. Our interest in SEZs derives from the fact that they provide novel grounds to investigate the dynamics of knowledge transfer (KT) in South–South exchanges and the extent to which it diverges from more traditional exchanges. This study undertakes a comparative analysis of KT in the Eastern Industrial Zone (EIZ) in Ethiopia, and the Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone (SSEZ) in Cambodia. The case studies suggest that, although the provision of training by Chinese investors has added value to the labour force, its transformative impact is limited owing to the concentration on explicit KT modalities at lower skills levels and the top–down approach to KT by Chinese companies. These limitations are largely a function of the wide absorptive capacity gap between China and the host countries studied and the absence of more conducive industrial policies.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipMinistry of Education (MOE)en_US
dc.relation.ispartofGlobal Policyen_US
dc.rights© 2022 Durham University and John Wiley & Sons Ltd. All rights reserved.en_US
dc.subjectSocial sciences::Economic developmenten_US
dc.titleKnowledge transfer in the global south: reusing or creating knowledge in China’s special economic zones in Ethiopia and Cambodia?en_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.contributor.schoolSchool of Social Sciencesen_US
dc.contributor.researchNanyang Centre for Public Administrationen_US
dc.subject.keywordsTacit Knowledgeen_US
dc.subject.keywordsDynamic Theoryen_US
dc.description.acknowledgementThe research of this paper was supported by Singapore Ministry of Education AcRF Tier-2 Grant entitled “Transnational Knowledge Transfer and Dynamic Governance in Comparative Perspective” [MOE2016-T2-02-87].en_US
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