Technology geography: a new area of scientific inquiry


Steenhuis, Harm-Jan and Bruijn, Erik J. de (2003) Technology geography: a new area of scientific inquiry. In: IAMOT: International Conference on Management of Technology, 2003, Nancy, France.

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Abstract:Operations management, international management, public policy and
economic geography are four scientific areas, which come together in the study of
international technology transfer. This paper shows how each of these four areas has its
own central issues but also have specific parts that are relevant for research on
international technology transfer. It is essential for companies to thoroughly understand
the issues of productivity of production technologies employed by them, and for
international companies the relationship of productivity of a specific production line and
the environment in which this production line operates. Simultaneously, it is essential for
governments to understand the productivity of its work force and therefore to understand
the relationship of its country characteristics and the productivity of specific industries (or
production technologies). A recommendation is made to add a new focus to the research
on international technology transfer called: Technology Geography. Its primary purpose is
to investigate the linkages between technology and its location, and its consequences for
technology transfer and international production operations.
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