In February 1994, top officials from China and Singapore signed a landmark partnership to develop a massive new industrial park and residential complex in the city of Suzhou in China. The ambitious project, modeled after a very successful industrial parks, residential Singapore would not only provide jobs for hundreds of thousands of people, but also apartments and community facilities as well. The agreement between the parties as a “Software Transfer”, in which Singapore would … Read more »

In February 1994, top officials from China and Singapore signed a landmark partnership to develop a massive new industrial park and residential complex in the city of Suzhou in China. The ambitious project, modeled after a very successful industrial parks, residential Singapore would not only provide jobs for hundreds of thousands of people, but also apartments and community facilities as well. The agreement between the parties as a “Software Transfer”, in which Singapore would share his highly touted expertise in the management of economic development with their Chinese partners. The China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park (CS-SIP) enjoyed the support of the highest levels of government in both countries. But the joint venture soon failed, such as CS-SIP ran into problems and missed its targets. The harmonious partnership between like-minded nations that their leaders imagined did not materialize. Singaporean accuses local authorities undermine the project, while Suzhou officials criticized the Singaporeans for taking their complaints to Beijing, instead of dealing directly with them. After five years of disappointing results, Singapore withdrew from CS-SIP, drastically reduced his share in the partnership. This case tells the story of CS-SIP in two parts: Part A describes the project and hopes that both nations outlines investing in it, and the potential pitfalls that could derail it, Part B details the problems that led to a falling out between the partners. Both parts together can be forgiven, or Part B can serve as a sequel to after class discussion of Part A. The case is suitable to be read for the discussion of international development issues, in particular the difficulties to do institutional transfers across national boundaries . HKS case number 1,859.0
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Esther Scott,
John Thomas
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Release Date: 13 March 2007. Prod #: HKS187-PDF-ENG
‘Same Bed, Different Dreams’: The China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park (A) HBR case solution

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