The Rise to Market Leadership
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The Rise to Market Leadership

New Leading Firms from Emerging Countries

Edited by Franco Malerba, Sunil Mani and Pamela Adams

In recent years many new international market leaders from the BRICS countries have emerged in several manufacturing and service industries. This important study answers a number of crucial questions including, how did these companies rise up to become important players in their respective industries? What is the contribution of systemic and country specific factors? What is the role of internal firm factors in enabling these companies to become market leaders? The book presents evidence from companies in the automotive, pharmaceutical and ICT industries of China, India and Brazil.
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Chapter 2: The rise to market leadership of a Chinese automotive firm: the case of Geely

Bin Guo, Qiang Li and Xiaoling Chen


This chapter analyses the rise to market leadership of Geely, a privately held domestic automotive producer in China. Geely presents an interesting case of a company that was able to survive and grow in the face of market competition from joint ventures and state-owned enterprises. The chapter aims to contribute to the literature on technological catching up in two ways. The first is to examine the impacts of the context-specificity of China on domestic firms’ capability building and technological catching up. The other is to analyse the role of low-cost manufacturing capability and to explore how such a capability may be used as an initial step to support subsequent growth within the context of a large and emerging economy. The study highlights the impact of context-specificity in terms of the size and segmented nature of the domestic market on the ability of firms to learn and accumulate capabilities. This study also suggests that in technological and capital-intensive sectors, the rise of new market leaders is favoured when technological knowledge is largely embodied in machinery or other physical artefacts for production processes and when the industry structure is highly modularized and has evolved into an integrated and mature production system along the industry value chain.

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