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

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Osabutey, E., Williams, K. and Debrah, Y. 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jwb.2013.12.009
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TitleThe potential for technology and knowledge transfers between foreign and local firms: a study of the construction industry in Ghana
AuthorsOsabutey, E., Williams, K. and Debrah, Y.
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

PublisherElsevier
JournalJournal of World Business
ISSN1090-9516
Electronic1878-5573
Publication dates
Online21 Dec 2013
Print01 Oct 2014
Publication process dates
Deposited11 May 2015
Output statusPublished
Accepted author manuscript
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© 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/

Additional information

Available online 21 December 2013

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jwb.2013.12.009
LanguageEnglish
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