Authors: Mohamed Mamdouh Awny
Addresses: College of Graduate Studies, Arabian Gulf University, Kingdom of Bahrain
Abstract: In their struggle to survive, enterprises in developing countries are rushing to keep abreast with the technological advancements. As the indigenous technological capabilities of developing countries are weak by default, they intend to import technology internationally. Experience showed that, in doing so, a number of obstacles might render the technology acquisition process by them, less effective, or even sometimes, a failure economically and/or technically. Cases in developing countries show that the technological capabilities of the technology recipient country are a decisive factor in successfully transferring and absorbing of the particular technology. Many other factors affect the process, such as education, culture, legislations, enabling environment, etc. Building the indigenous technological capabilities should be the ultimate goal of the development countries in order to cope with the aggressive competing world. Government of developing countries should review their strategic plans in order to consider the fast moving technology advancements.
Keywords: developing countries; technology management; technology acquisition; technology transfer; strategic planning; government policy.
International Journal of Technology Management, 2005 Vol.32 No.1/2, pp.213 - 220
Published online: 15 Apr 2005 *Full-text access for editors Full-text access for subscribers Purchase this article Comment on this article