Technology transfer has been considered as an effective facilitator of technology development for late industrializing countries (Chanaron and Perrin, 1987). Kogut and Zander (1993) note that technology transfer lies at the heart of the issue of the growth of firms, domestically and internationally. Firms grow on their ability to create new knowledge and to replicate this knowledge so as to expand their market. Their advantage lies in being able to understand and carry out technology transfer more effectively than other firms. Kedia and Bhagat (1988) argue that the practice of adopting and implementing Western technologies in newly industrialized countries (such as South Korea and Taiwan) has not been a simple case of ‘borrowing’ or imitating. Technologies are transferred to these economies for cultivating indigenous technological capability and establishing competitive advantage. This research, therefore concentrates on the facilitative role of technology transfer in the specific context of Taiwanese information technology firms.
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- Absorptive Capacity and Learning in Technology Transfer: The Case of Taiwanese Information Technology Firms
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