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International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development

International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development (IJTLID)

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  • Technology Upgrading in Chinese Manufacturing A cross-industry perspective   Order a copy of this article
    by Guowei Dong, Björn Jindra, Ari Kokko 
    Abstract: This explorative article contributes by investigating technology upgrading in 23 manufacturing industries in China 19952015. We find not only industry-specific trends in the intensity of technology upgrading but also variations in terms of global interactions. Whereas Chinese manufacturing industries differ considerably when it comes to the relevance of foreign actors for the commercialization of frontier technology, the sourcing of foreign technology by Chinese actors remains low in all industries. In addition, we find positive relations between the intensity of technology upgrading and imports, inward FDI, and outward FDI at the industry level. However, there are no strong signs of a corresponding link between technology upgrading and revealed comparative advantages in exports. Moreover, we find only weak evidence of faster technology upgrading in the industries identified as strategic by the Chinese government.
    Keywords: Technology upgrading; Manufacturing; China; trade; FDI; Industrial Policy.

  • Learning opportunities and research agenda enrichment: can science benefit from research service to industry?   Order a copy of this article
    by Vladimiro Verre, Darío Milesi, Natalia Petelski 
    Abstract: Science industry cooperation is crucial for the economic and social development of a country and the beneficial effects that such cooperation can generate on science deserve particular attention. The possibility of learning and strengthening R&D capacities and the possibility of enriching the research agenda and giving it greater relevance are two desirable objectives for science. While there is some consensus on the positive role of joint research, literature has paid little attention to such effects in the context of the research service and to the role played by industry contributions. This work intends to investigate how research service can generate learning and agenda enrichment opportunities for science. For this, a case study is carried out in three sectors, agrobiotechnology, biopharmaceutical and nanotechnology, in a developing country like Argentina. Among the main findings, four different categories within research service were identified with the presence of benefits for science in terms of learning and agenda in two of them; the possibility for public agenda to increase its social relevance and receive feedbacks on basic aspects; the existence of both a substitution and a complementary relationship between this scheme and joint research.
    Keywords: research service; science; industry; learning.

  • Matching boundaries of GVCs to boundaries of technological platforms: explaining geographical dispersion of innovation in value chains in the case of South Korea   Order a copy of this article
    by Giuliano Maielli, Soo Jung Oh, Martha Prevezer 
    Abstract: Digital platform-based ecosystems have re-shaped innovation processes worldwide with an increasing degree of dispersion of innovative agents. This paper matches global value chain (GVC) boundaries to the boundaries of technological platforms to explain the location of R&D and innovation in the GVC. We apply this analysis to three industries of automotives, electronics and robotics, displaying differing technological platform types and boundaries in South Korea that has transitioned from low to middle to high income country through upgrading its technological capabilities in key GVCs. We learn that R&D and innovation dispersion in the GVC depends on how modularity is leveraged to open innovation and shape the boundaries of the technological platform. More open modularity in the ecosystem platform allows innovation and R&D to be dispersed globally, depending on where expertise is located. Whereas more closed modularity in supply chain platforms makes R&D proximity to headquarters in value chains crucial.
    Keywords: global value chain; GVC; technological platform; innovation; South Korea.

  • Socio-Demographic Factors, Entrepreneurial Orientation and Wealth Creation among MSMEs in Nigeria   Order a copy of this article
    by Caleb ADELOWO, Yusuf Akinwale 
    Abstract: Entrepreneurial orientation (EO) and its effect is a contemporary issue of academic discourse. Several studies have linked EO to improved business performance, with emphasis on both unidimensional and multi-dimensional measures of EO. However, studies on the determinants of EO are limited. This article examines the influence of socio-demographic factors on EO on the one hand, and how socio-demographics and EO jointly influence employment generation among MSMEs on the other hand. This article utilises data collected from 242 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Lagos metropolis, Nigeria through the aid of a validated questionnaire. The results show that socio-demographic variables
    Keywords: entrepreneurial orientation; job creation; socio-demographic factors; micro; small and medium enterprises; MSMEs; Nigeria.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJTLID.2022.10051993
  • Antecedents to blockchain technology adoption intentions: An empirical study in an African emerging economy   Order a copy of this article
    by Boris Urban, Luyanda Mbeki 
    Abstract: Blockchain technology has received substantial interest from both scholars and practitioners, primarily owing to its distinguishing features. However, the adoption rate by firms is still low and there is little empirical evidence on the intentions and applicability of blockchain technology, from an African emerging market perspective. The purpose of this article is to gain a deeper understanding of the various antecedents to the intention to adopt blockchain. The study took place in South Africa where a survey was administered to Fin-Tech sector firms listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Based on hypotheses testing the results indicate that the antecedent in terms of relative advantage, positively and significantly influences the intention to adopt blockchain technology. This article makes a novel contribution to the emerging knowledge base on blockchain adoption intentions and applicability in an African market context. Implications for management relate to understanding which antecedents influence intentions to blockchain adoption. Lastly, the article now allows researchers to conduct replication studies in comparable country settings.
    Keywords: blockchain technology; intentions; adoption; organisational; relative advantage; South Africa.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJTLID.2022.10053480
  • What factors influence the innovation activity of companies - the case of Hungary   Order a copy of this article
    by János Kiss, Annamaria Kazai Ónodi 
    Abstract: Our research focuses on the factors influencing the innovation activity of companies. The study is based on a Hungarian sample of 209 large and midsized companies. In addition to simple statistical methods, we use Heckit and probit regression analyses. We conclude that foreign firms do not significantly differ from Hungarian firms in terms of innovation activity and performance. High innovation costs, shortages of skilled labour, and weak innovation management constrain innovation the most. Corruption and the shadow economy hinder companies from innovating. Exporting companies spend more on innovation than companies focusing on domestic markets. Managerial competencies influence the firm’s propensity to innovate. The main limitation of this study is the relatively small cross-sectional sample.
    Keywords: innovation; new products; innovation performance; innovation barriers; corruption; shadow economy; foreign-owned company; Heckman regression model; probit regression model; Hungary.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJTLID.2023.10053622
  • Looking at regional innovation systems and industrial knowledge bases from the South: An analysis of Argentine provinces   Order a copy of this article
    by Andrés Niembro, Gabriela Starobinsky 
    Abstract: Studies on regional innovation systems and, particularly, on differentiated knowledge bases are still highly concentrated in Europe. This article presents some original methodologies for adapting these approaches to peripheral countries and regions. Principal component analysis is used to construct two indexes that distinguish the degree of socio-economic development of Argentine provinces and their innovation systems development. The latest innovation survey and cluster analysis techniques are used to identify the predominant knowledge base among industries and then the regional productive specialisation. The results show a relationship between all these dimensions, especially in two large groups of provinces: one of peripheral innovation systems, specialized in symbolic sectors, with low socio-economic development; and the other of core-intermediate systems, with an analytical-synthetic combination and medium-high development. In Argentina, as in many developing countries, narrow and spatially blind innovation policies, dissociated from regional capabilities and production structures, usually reproduce regional inequalities and reinforce peripheral conditions.
    Keywords: regional innovation systems; knowledge bases; regional inequalities; peripheral regions.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJTLID.2023.10053951