Title: The implementation of technology transfer in Sino-foreign joint ventures

Authors: Eric W.K. Tsang

Addresses: School of Accountancy and Business, Nanyang Technological University, Nanyang Avenue, 2263 Singapore.

Abstract: Among the different means of absorbing foreign technology such as licensing, buy-backs, co-production, joint ventures and wholly foreign-owned subsidiaries, it seems that the Chinese government has a strong preference for joint ventures. This paper attempts to put forward an explanation for the preference. It is followed by an in-depth discussion of the issues – recruitment, managerial skills, training and localization of production – which affect the implementation of technology transfer in Sino-foreign joint ventures. Finally, a conclusion is drawn arguing that unless a foreign investor has the human resources and experience to tackle the problems that may arise in a joint venture setting, other means of transferring technology to China may be more appropriate.

Keywords: technology transfer; joint ventures; China; transaction costs; recruitment; managerial skills; training; production localisation; human resources; technology management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.1995.025655

International Journal of Technology Management, 1995 Vol.10 No.7/8, pp.757 - 766

Published online: 23 May 2009 *

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