Chapter 6: Huawei and Zhengfei Ren: Leadership in a Technology-Innovative Firm
Yingying Zhang and Yajun Wu INTRODUCTION On 17 May 2011, Huawei Technologies (hereafter Huawei) won LTE1 World Summit 2011 awards for ‘Significant progress for a commercial launch of LTE by a vendor’ and ‘Best LTE network elements’. These two awards were a recognition of the company’s achievements in LTE commercialization and product solutions. This is not the first time that Huawei has attracted the attention of the world telecom media for its cutting-edge technological innovation and commercialization. In 2010 Huawei was also awarded The Economist’s ’2010 Corporate Use of Innovation Award’. In 2009 R&D Magazine had presented Huawei with one of its R&D 100 awards for its advanced Optix OSN 6800/OSN 3800 wavelength division multiplexer. Today’s Huawei is no longer a silent Chinese telecom multinational which always keeps a low profile when publicizing in the media. Its global positioning in this fast-growing and changing technological industry unavoidably brings it onto the covers of business and technological journals. For instance, The Economist (2009) classified the growth of this Chinese company as ‘astonishingly fast’. In 2009 Market Research Report for the Global Wireless Communication Equipment ranked Huawei at number two, ahead of Nokia and Siemens with a market share of 22.1 per cent (C114, 2010). Earlier, in 2008, Huawei was already the world’s fourth-largest manufacturer of network equipment ranked by sales, after Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks and Alcatel-Lucent. It was also ranked second in optical networking and third in mobile-network gear. It has been argued by Foster (2009) that Huawei...
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