International technology transfer: building theory from a multiple case-study in the aircraft industry


Steenhuis, Harm-Jan and Bruijn, Erik J. de (2005) International technology transfer: building theory from a multiple case-study in the aircraft industry. In: Academy of Management Annual Meeting: A new vision of management in the 21st century, August 5-10, 2005, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

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Abstract:International technology transfer occurs frequently in international operations, for example in
cases of foreign direct investment where companies set-up existing manufacturing lines in new
locations. It also occurs in situations of international outsourcing where a new supplier receives
product and/or production process information. This technology transfer process often leads to
difficulties, for example delays and much higher costs than anticipated. To gain insight into the
causes of these difficulties we used a grounded theory approach to describe the process of
international production technology transfer. We conducted four case studies in the aircraft
industry and analyzed the problems that occurred. We found that technology transfer consists of
three phases: preparation, installation and utilization. These three phases are influenced by three
types of factors: technological, organizational and environmental. The combination of activities
with factors enables an integrated view on international technology transfer. We found that the
amount of technology, the accuracy of information, and the extent of organizational and
environmental differences have a large impact on the efficiency of the technology transfer
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