International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development

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Editor in Chief: Prof. Paulo N. Figueiredo
ISSN online: 1753-1950
ISSN print: 1753-1942
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IJTLID is devoted to the study of the nature of technological innovation processes at the level of firms, industries/clusters and countries, the various influences on such processes, and their implications for industrial growth, techno-economic and social development in the context of contemporary late-industrialising countries. Its broad approach will help uncover the dynamics and intricacies of the processes of accumulation and sustainability of innovative capabilities in developing countries, and these themes will be explored within a broad spectrum of economic activities.


 Topics covered include

  • Technological learning/innovation across industrial sectors/countries
  • Technological learning/innovation across sector/cluster innovation systems
  • National/regional innovation systems
  • Nature/trajectories/roles of institutions/industrial governance
  • Implications for innovative/techno-economic performance, technological catch-up
  • Changes in industrial policy regimes (macro-economic, sectoral)
  • Interactions with changes in technological learning/innovation strategies
  • Globalisation of innovation in the context of developing countries
  • New technologies, emerging technological trajectories
  • Indicators of technology and innovation in developing countries
  • Intellectual property rights and innovation in developing countries
  • Institutional frameworks/innovation systems to support learning/innovation in:
    • alternative energy sources, public transport, pollution/environment
    • healthcare and disease control, in developing countries
  • Innovation capabilities/learning in non-business organisations


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  • Technological learning processes and innovation at the level of firms within and across industrial sectors and countries:
    • Patterns and rate of technological capability accumulation and their implications for techno-economic performance
    • Nature of learning processes underlying firms’ capability accumulation paths
    • The role of leadership, corporate behaviour, and intra-firm institutions in influencing firms’ technological learning
    • Learning and innovation capability building in firms and industries that have caught up with the innovation frontier and/or have overtaken early innovators to achieve leading positions at the world innovation frontier
    • Firm-level development of capabilities that are non-technological (e.g. marketing, finance) and their interactions with technological capabilities

  • Technological learning and innovation at the level of sector/cluster innovation systems and implications for innovative and techno-economic performance and technological catch up:
    • Emergence and trajectories of sector/cluster innovation systems
    • Nature of learning and knowledge flows within components of sector/cluster innovation systems and their implications for innovative performance
    • Knowledge-centred interactions between firms and sector/cluster innovation system supporting organisations (e.g. universities, research institutes, laboratories and technical schools)
    • Role of institutional, political and organisational factors in influencing the trajectories of sector/cluster innovation systems and their underpinning learning processes
    • Technological learning and innovation strategies within MNE-subsidiaries operating in developing countries
    • Technological learning and innovation strategies within local, regional and global value chains

  • National and regional innovation systems: nature, trajectories and role of institutions and industrial governance in influencing their emergence, evolution, and their implications for technological catch up and economic progress

  • Changes in industrial policy regimes (macro-economic, sectoral) and their interactions with changes in technological learning and innovation strategies at the level of firms and sector/clusters

  • Process of globalisation of innovation within the context of developing countries:
    • Multiple global knowledge flows and implications for technological catch-up
    • The role of FDI and MNEs in developing local technology-creating capabilities (e.g. spill-overs and local innovative SMEs suppliers)
    • The world-wide mobility of 'brains' and its implications for innovative capability building in developing countries
    • Processes of learning and innovation capability building in MNEs from emerging economies

  • New technologies and emerging technological trajectories:
    • 'Windows of opportunity' to establish a new technological frontier by developing countries
    • The nature of learning related to emerging technological trajectories at the level of firms and sector/cluster innovation systems
    • Institutional frameworks supporting learning and innovation strategies to develop new/alternative technologies

  • Indicators of technology and innovation in developing countries

  • Intellectual property rights and innovation in developing countries

  • Institutional frameworks and innovation systems to support learning and innovation in alternative energy sources, health care, diseases control, mass public transportation, pollution and environment protection in developing countries

  • Development of innovation capabilities and learning in non-business organisations



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The main objective of IJTLID is to bridge the communication gap between government policymakers, corporate executives, development agencies and investors on the one hand, and scholars/academics and research institutions concerned with the impact of technological progress on industrial, economic, and social development in latecomer economies. By providing explanations as to reasons for past and current successful or otherwise experiences of learning, innovation and development as well as offering policy analysis and recommendations for corporate and government entities, IJTLID seeks to contribute towards influencing the direction of change in the innovation and economic development processes in late-industrialising countries. The ultimate goal is that IJTLID serves as a vehicle for policy discussions and recommendations that can significantly impact future corporate and government actions oriented to technological innovation in developing nations.


IJTLID targets two groups as its main readership community. The first is the academic community, i.e. scholars and students of research and academic institutions as well as those members of society in general with an interest in issues of technology, innovation and development in the context of late-industrialising economies. IJTLID also targets those involved with the resource allocation in this field including corporate executives, senior management of development agencies, government decision makers, politicians, and investors from developing, transition, as well as industrialised economies.


IJTLID will publish analytical articles based on original research, both empirically and theoretically oriented, research notes, book reviews and commentaries. Comparative and dynamic analyses will especially be welcome. Special editions devoted to specific themes covered by the journal will also be published occasionally.



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    Editor in Chief

  • Figueiredo, Paulo N., Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV), Brazil

Regional Editor Africa

  • Adeoti, John O., Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER), Nigeria

Regional Editors Asia

  • Ariffin, Norlela, Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), Malaysia
  • Liu, Jing-Jiang, Zhejiang University, China

Regional Editor Eastern Europe

  • Kavunenko, Lidiya, STEPS - Centre for Scientific and Technological Potential and Science History Studies, Ukraine

Regional Editor Europe

  • Giuliani, Elisa, University of Pisa, Italy

Regional Editor Latin America

  • Orozco, Jeffrey, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Costa Rica, Costa Rica

Regional Editor Middle East

  • Al-Saleh, Yasser, INSEAD Innovation and Policy Initiative, United Arab Emirates

Editorial Board Members

  • Amann, Edmund, University of Manchester, UK
  • Amsden, Alice, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Arvanitis, Rigas, L'Institut de Recherche pour le Développment (IRD), France
  • Athreye, Suma, Brunel University, UK
  • Baskaran, Angathevar, Middlesex University Business School, UK
  • Bell, Martin, University of Sussex, UK
  • Bessant, John, University of Exeter, UK
  • Best, Michael, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA
  • Cantwell, John, Rutgers University, USA
  • Chen, Jin, Tsinghua University, China
  • Choung, Jae-Yong, KAIST- Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea
  • Crespi, Gustavo, University of Chile, Chile
  • Cruz, Carlos Henrique de Brito, UNICAMP - The State University of Campinas, Brazil
  • Dodgson, Mark, University of Queensland, Australia
  • Dutrénit, Gabriela, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM-X), Mexico, Mexico
  • Duysters, Geert, Tilburg University, Netherlands
  • Erber, Fabio, UFRJ - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Fagerberg, Jan, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Felker, Greg, Willamette University, USA
  • Fransman, Martin, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Frischtak, Claudio, Inter-B Consultoria Internacional de Negócios Ltda., Brazil
  • Fu, Xiaolan, University of Oxford, UK
  • Gammeltoft, Peter, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • Goldstein, Andrea, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development - OECD, France
  • Haixiong, Qiu, Zhongshan (Sun Yat-Sen) University, China
  • Jindra, Björn, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • Joseph, K. J., CDS - Centre for Development Studies, India
  • Kaplan, Dave, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Kaplinsky, Raphael, Open University, UK
  • Katz, Jorge M., University of Chile, Chile
  • Kreimer, Pablo, Quilmes National University, Argentina
  • Lee, Keun, Seoul National University, South Korea
  • Lu, Feng, Peking University, China
  • Lundvall, Bengt-Åke, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Malerba, Franco, Bocconi University, Italy
  • Mani, Sunil, Centre for Development Studies, India
  • Marcelle, Gillian Michelle, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Mathews, John A., Macquarie University, Australia
  • Mazzoleni, Roberto, Hofstra University, USA
  • Memedovic, Olga, UNIDO - United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Austria
  • Messner, Dirk, German Development Institute (GDI), Germany
  • Metcalfe, J. Stanley, University of Manchester, UK
  • Muchie, Mammo, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa and Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Narula, Rajneesh, University of Reading, UK
  • Navas-Aleman, Lizbeth, University of Sussex, UK
  • Nelson, Richard, Columbia University, USA
  • Nyong'o, P. Anyang', African Academy of Sciences, Kenya
  • Oyelaran-Oyeyinka, Banji, UN-HABITAT, Kenya
  • Perez, Carlota, University of Sussex, UK
  • Pietrobelli, Carlo, Inter-American Development Bank, USA
  • Pillania, Rajesh K., Management Development Institute Gurgaon, India
  • Radošević, Slavo, University College London, UK
  • Rajah, Rasiah, University of Malaya, Malaysia
  • Sachs, Jeffrey D., Columbia University, USA
  • Salomon, Jean-Jacques, Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, France
  • Scott-Kemmis, Don, Australian National University, Australia
  • Sercovich, Francisco Colman, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Argentina
  • Sinh, Bach Tan, National Institute for Science and Technology Policy and Strategy Studies (NISTPASS), Vietnam
  • Sundaram, Jomo Kwame, United Nations, USA
  • Teece, David J., University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • Teitel, Simón, ICER -International Centre for Economic Research, Italy
  • Teubal, Morris, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • Vessuri, Hebe, IVIC - Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research, Venezuela
  • Von Tunzelmann, Nick, University of Sussex, UK
  • Westphal, Larry, Swarthmore College, USA
  • Wignaraja, Ganeshan, Asian Development Bank, Philippines
  • Xie, Wei, Tsinghua University, China


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