Innovation in technology transfer: host-oriented strategic R&D alliance

Shamsavari, Ali and Majidpour, Mehdi (2008) Innovation in technology transfer: host-oriented strategic R&D alliance. (Discussion Paper) Kingston upon Thames, U.K. : Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, Kingston University. 22 p. (Economics Discussion Paper)


This paper examines a major technology transfer project in Iran that represents a departure from historical practice and may constitute a new model for technology transfer. The project involves an alliance between Iranian and German enterprises with the objective of developing and commercializing a CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) based engine for Iran. The aim of this paper is to demonstrate the central role of knowledge and competence creation through R&D alliance. It is argued that this model, which we call 'host-oriented' alliance, assuming highly competent management, provides an important technique for the technological catching-up process in which many developing countries are currently engaged.

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