Title: Development of a measure for technological capability in small firms

Authors: N.V. Raghavendra, M.H. Bala Subrahmanya

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Engineering, Manadavadi Road, Mysore 570 008, India. ' Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560 012, India

Abstract: Acquisition of technological capability is believed to improve competitiveness of small firms in developing countries. Empirical investigations on the issues pertaining to the acquisition of technological capability have been mainly hindered by the lack of proper measurement methodologies and is an important problem that has not been adequately addressed in the literature. This paper outlines a methodology that uses quantitative measurement, validation and analytical tools for measuring technological capability and provides a useful means for testing the relationships between technological capability and the various technological learning mechanisms.

Keywords: technological capability; innovation; technological learning; technology level; foundry cluster; validation; small firms; SMEs; developing countries; capability measurement.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2006.008178

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2006 Vol.3 No.1, pp.31 - 44

Published online: 22 Nov 2005 *

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