Title: Meeting technology needs of enterprises for national competitiveness

Authors: David Bennett, Kirit Vaidya

Addresses: Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham B4 7ET, UK. ' Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham B4 7ET, UK

Abstract: This paper addresses the question of how enterprises can improve their competitiveness through the acquisition and development of technology, and hence how countries are able to raise the level of industrial development and grow their GDP. It takes the example of East Asia to demonstrate how fast economic growth can be achieved through the ||stages|| approach to technology acquisition and development. It also provides some case studies of technology transfer to China as a means of illustrating how successful transfer can be achieved and the problems that can be encountered. Finally, some comparisons are made with, and among, the Arab countries and an attempt is made to draw some lessons for the development of the Arab world from experiences gained elsewhere.

Keywords: technology transfer; industrial development; Asia; China; Arab countries; competitiveness; technology management; technology acquisition; technology development; economic growth; developing countries; learning process.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2005.006821

International Journal of Technology Management, 2005 Vol.32 No.1/2, pp.112 - 153

Published online: 15 Apr 2005 *

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