The potential for technology and knowledge transfers between foreign and local firms: a study of the construction industry in Ghana

Osabutey, Ellis L. C., Williams, Karen and Debrah, Yaw A. (2014) The potential for technology and knowledge transfers between foreign and local firms: a study of the construction industry in Ghana. Journal of World Business, 49 (4). pp. 560-571. ISSN 1090-9516 (doi:10.1016/j.jwb.2013.12.009)

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Abstract

Multinational corporations (MNCs) and other foreign firms can be conduits for technology and knowledge (T&K) transfer to host countries in the developing world. Most of the existing research focuses on T&K transfers through FDI and are drawn from Asia not Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), although SSA is increasingly receiving foreign investment. There is a paucity of research that gives insights into project-level T&K transfer issues in SSA countries. Using the Ghanaian construction industry as an empirical focus, this article explores T&K transfer potential. The findings reveal significant weaknesses in T&K transfer across industry subsectors and between foreign and local firms. This arises from the potentially complementary but dissimilar resource and knowledge bases. The weaknesses are compounded by the absence of coherent government T&K development policies

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Available online 21 December 2013
Research Areas: A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation
Item ID: 15859
Notes on copyright: © 2013. This author's accepted manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Depositing User: Ellis Osabutey
Date Deposited: 11 May 2015 12:30
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2019 19:29
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/15859

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