Talk by Dr. Susan Mays, Research Affiliate at UT LBJ School of Public Affairs
In the latter half of the 20th century, the electronics industry was a critical site for economic development in Japan, the Tiger economies of East Asia, and most recently China. As China moved from central planning to a more market-based economy in the 1980s and 1990s, Chinese leaders pursued various strategies to transform and open the electronics industry, with particular focus on the semiconductor industry, as semiconductor chips are the "brains" of all electronic devices and systems. In 1985, China's semiconductor industry was state-owned, isolated, and low tech, yet just 20 years later, China was a key player in the global semiconductor industry. What were the policy and organizational changes that enabled this rapid transformation? What challenges did semiconductor firms face in China? In developing the electronics industry, how was China's path similar to -- or different from -- that of Japan, Korea, and Taiwan? Susan Mays' research presentation will addresses these and other questions in an effort to understand contemporary China's rapid advance.
Dr. Susan Mays is a 2014 Faculty Fellow at Peking University. Currently residing in Austin, she is also affiliated with The University of Texas. Dr. Mays completed her Ph.D. in 2013 at Columbia University in Global History, with emphasis on Chinese economic history. Prior to her doctoral studies, she was an engineer and management consultant for 12 years with the majority of her work focused on the global electronics industry.