Title: Technology prospecting: lessons from the early history of the Chile Foundation

Authors: Bob W. Bell, Jr., Calestous Juma

Addresses: Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA. ' Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

Abstract: Fundacion Chile (FCh) has facilitated the processes of technology transfer, upgrading, adaptation and diffusion necessary to diversify Chile|s natural resources and establish and maintain competitiveness in the world market. This paper explores the origins, impact and development of FCh in its early years, specifically focusing on its adaptive technology transfer process and indigenous capacity development in the Pacific salmon industry. We conclude the paper with policy and institutional options for developing economies based on lessons learned from FCh. FCh|s concept of |technology prospecting| can enable developing countries to use existing technical knowledge for economic development.

Keywords: Fundacion Chile; FCh; technology transfer; Pacific salmon farming; Salmones Antartica; technological learning; indigenous capacity development; natural resources; technology upgrading; technology adaptation; technology diffusion; developing countries; technical knowledge; economic development.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTG.2007.014338

International Journal of Technology and Globalisation, 2007 Vol.3 No.2/3, pp.296 - 314

Available online: 02 Jul 2007 *

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