Innovation, imitation and dependence: iron and steel technology in India, 1970-1990
by Bernard D'Mello
International Journal of Technology and Globalisation (IJTG), Vol. 5, No. 1/2, 2010

Abstract: The paper examines the adoption of the innovations of the 'centre' by the Indian integrated steel industry (in the 'periphery') and lack of autonomous technological development, despite the potential, during 1970-1990. Imported technology was not subjected to any significant local adaptation and modification; further, there were hardly any autonomous technological innovations. Local ferrous metallurgical R&D, steel plant design and engineering, and the associated capital goods industry were weak and undeveloped, with tenuous linkages among themselves, and with the integrated steel plants.

Online publication date: Tue, 15-Jun-2010

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