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Academic Journal of Business & Management, 2022, 4(4); doi: 10.25236/AJBM.2022.040407.

Industrial Digitalization in China: Literature Review and Research Prospects


Wenfuhui Tian

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Wenfuhui Tian

College of Economics, Yunnan Minzu University, Kunming, 650504, China


Facing the new development stage of the "14th Five-year Plan", high-quality development has become the theme of China's economic and social development, putting forward new requirements for industrial digitalization. However, the depth and systematicness of the existing literature on China's industrial digitalization research is insufficient. In view of this, this paper systematically combs the research results and context of China's industrial digitalization, and combines specific economic practice, in order to promote the deepening and systematization of research in this field, and provide reference for promoting China's industrial digital transformation. Firstly, the connotation and denotation of industrial digitalization are defined based on relevant domestic researches, and its characteristics are clarified. Secondly, combined with the changes of industrial structure, this paper summarizes the three driving modes of China's industrial digitalization: the backward-forcing mode dominated by social motivation, the integration mode dominated by technology motivation and the value-added service mode dominated by innovation motivation. Thirdly, the formation mechanism of the industry chain being reshaped by digitalization is summarized and interpreted; Finally, the future research is prospected to provide feasible directions and ideas for further expanding and deepening the research of industrial digitalization in China.


Industrial Digitalization, China, Driving Modes, Industrial Chain Reshaping

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Wenfuhui Tian. Industrial Digitalization in China: Literature Review and Research Prospects. Academic Journal of Business & Management (2022) Vol. 4, Issue 4: 34-41. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJBM.2022.040407.


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