Title: Cooperating to compete: using technology to link the multinational corporation and the country

Authors: Riad Ajami, Gail Arch

Addresses: Associate Professor and Director, International Business Program, The Ohio State University, College Road, 356 Hagerty Hall, 1775 Columbus, Ohio 43210, USA. ' Labour and Human Resources, The Ohio State University, College Road, 356 Hagerty Hall, 1775 Columbus, Ohio 43210, USA

Abstract: The new dynamic of the multinational enterprise – the nation/state relationship – is changing, and requires that viable cooperative modes be explored. This paper looks at the preferences and priorities of the multinational and development paradigms, and offers a new analytical construct or synthesis that is neither state-centred nor firm-centred, but spans national boundaries – the |technological paradigm|. The technological paradigm offers a more competitive mode for operating in the international environment because it does not negate conflicting forces of governance but suggests a new cooperative synthesis that may be practically applied by corporations and developing countries, in particular.

Keywords: technological development; multinational corporations; MNCs; developing countries; international competitiveness; international cooperation; technology management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.1990.025841

International Journal of Technology Management, 1990 Vol.5 No.2, pp.165 - 177

Available online: 25 May 2009 *

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