Acquisition of technologica capability in small firms in developing countries

H.A. Romijn

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Abstract

This study investigates how small-scale firms in developing countries acquire technological capability - the knowledge and skills required to operate technology effectively and to adapt it to local conditions. It fills a gap in the established literature on technological capability, which has neglected the small-scale sector in spite of the important role it plays in employment generation in those countries. The focus is on the capital goods industry, where capability building makes a crucial contribution to local technological progress. Detailed insight into how firms in this industry enhance their capability is gained through a quantitative analysis based on fieldwork among farm equipment manufacturers in Pakistan's Punjab Province undertaken by the author in 1994.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Tilburg University
Supervisors/Advisors
  • James, Michael, Promotor
Award date1 Mar 1996
Place of PublicationTilburg
Publisher
Print ISBNs9056680099
Publication statusPublished - 1996

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Industry
Developing countries
Technological capability
Small firms
Technological progress
Pakistan
Farm
Quantitative analysis

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Romijn, H. A. (1996). Acquisition of technologica capability in small firms in developing countries. Tilburg: CentER, Center for Economic Research.
Romijn, H.A.. / Acquisition of technologica capability in small firms in developing countries. Tilburg : CentER, Center for Economic Research, 1996. 326 p.
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Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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