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The Management Transformation of Huawei
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Huawei has become China's most prominent multinational company and a leader in the ICT sector. Given unprecedented access to the company, the authors of this book examine the management transformation of Huawei from its inception in 1987 until 2019, observing in detail not only the creation of its organizational routines but also the breaking of routines across most major functional areas: Management, Product Development, HR, Supply Chain, Finance, R&D, Intellectual Property, and International Business. 'Dynamic capabilities' are central to theories of competitive advantage and this book highlights Huawei as an ideal case study for the successful implementation of change routines and change-supporting values. The chapters cover all the major change initiatives the firm has undertaken since 1996 to import best practices from the West, with the help of consultants. The insights presented in the book will be particularly interesting for academics in the field of strategy, management, and business history.


'This is a ‘must read’ book for whoever is interested in the rise of China. It provides unique empirical and conceptual insights on China’s leading company and draws on world class researchers for analysis and commentaries. Uniquely valuable!'

Yves Doz - Solvay Chaired Professor of Technological Innovation, INSEAD

'The Management Transformation of Huawei provides a fascinating account of how Huawei preserved its entrepreneurial spirit as it rapidly scaled up over its 30-year history. Very few studies provide such an in-depth historical account of the evolution of a company over such a long period of time. Any scholar or practitioner interested in understanding the leadership challenges that arise with rapid organizational growth should read this book.'

Ranjay Gulati - Paul R. Lawrence MBA Class of 1942 Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

'Huawei has become a major player in the global electronics industry and has been - perhaps unwantedly - cast into the role of a significant geopolitical force. This book is important and interesting because of the astonishing story of Huawei’s corporate growth. The authors provide an insightful account of how Huawei transformed itself from a small startup into a global giant, making an important scholarly contribution under major headings of the strategic management literature, such as 'knowledge', 'routines' and 'dynamic capabilities'.'

Sidney G. Winter - Deloitte and Touche Professor Emeritus of Management, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

'The authors of this book examine how the Chinese telecommunications equipment company Huawei managed to grow from a small Shenzhen-based startup … to a giant company with over 188,000 employees and $105 billion in revenues in 2018 … Their most significant contribution is their detailed documentation … of the process of sequentially building administrative capabilities in multiple critical functional areas to support the company’s extraordinary growth trajectory … In doing so the authors offer … a fascinating perspective on the poetry of strategic leadership.'

Robert A. Burgelman Source: Administrative Science Quarterly

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