International technology and knowledge flows and capabilities in building in developing countries

E.L.C. Egmond - de Wilde De Ligny, van, M.M. Kumaraswamy

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Technological innovations in manufacturing were indicated to have an important impact on industry development. Innovation is seen as a cyclic process that includes not only the invention of technologies, but also the diffusion in terms of flows of technologies and knowledge, adoption, application, maintenance, adaptation and incremental development of these. On its turn innovation is found to be influenced by technological capabilities -the total stock of resources- that exist in the industrial innovation system, which is seen as the network in which the industrial enterprises operate. Much of the findings on these phenomena were reported from research in the manufacturing industries, yet little is known from this in the construction industry. The objective of our studies is to determine the features of international technology and knowledge flows (ITKFs) related to technological capabilities in the innovation system of the construction industry in Developing Countries. The analytical framework and research instrument used for the execution of the case studies is based on techno-economic evolutionary theoretical viewpoints regarding innovation. Systematic evaluations of cases of international technology and knowledge flows (ITKFs) in the construction industry in developing countries, by using the developed analytical framework and research instrument, revealed problems, constraints but also promoting factors. Based on the comparison of the data some preliminary cautious conclusions could be drawn.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Symposium on GLOBALISATION and CONSTRUCTION. Proceedings. CIB W107 and CIB TG23 - Joint Symposium
Place of PublicationBangkok
PublisherAsian Institute of Technologies
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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