Title: Linking megaprojects for local technological capability development in developing countries - a literature review
Authors: Ameha Mulugeta; Daniel Kitaw
School of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Addis Ababa Institute of Technology, Addis Ababa University, P.O. Box 14844, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
School of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Addis Ababa Institute of Technology, Addis Ababa University, P.O. Box 385, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Abstract: Complex megaprojects, costing above $1 billion, gained significant research interest from their engineering, management, complexity, risks and other perspectives. For developing economies especially, they present significant learning opportunity to build technological capability with interaction of local firms with international contractors. Using scholarly articles review, the present paper reviewed past literature, enlightening gap observed and the linkage demanded between megaprojects and their potential for technological capability development. Results indicate that past researches have not given emphasis to investigate technological capability development through megaprojects executed in developing countries. After discussion on relevant subtopics, the gaps to be filled and link the two topics are elaborated individually. Conclusions drawn are directed towards new research paradigm that investigates opportunities that have priceless contribution for developing economies.
Keywords: technological capability development; megaprojects; technological learning; interactive learning; developing countries; literature review; local firms; technology development.
Int. J. of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, 2016 Vol.8, No.4, pp.375 - 398
Submission date: 07 Feb 2016
Date of acceptance: 06 Mar 2016
Available online: 20 Jan 2017