Acquirer and owner perceptions of technology integration: the South African case

Ian Hipkin, David Bennett

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Abstract

Developing countries are subject to the same global pressures as their developed counterparts but have additional domestic challenges that may place them at a significant, and perhaps insurmountable, disadvantage. However, technology still offers them the opportunity to participate in the international economy. Difficult conditions in their countries do not absolve managers from formulating and implementing technology policies that can make their firms globally competitive. At a macro-economic level, a number of broad developmental issues impact on the use of technology in developing countries. The subject of this paper is to examine the challenge for South African firms in their efforts to master technology, despite internal and external difficulties. Owners of technology need to consider the local context when supplying their technology to developing markets. The paper aims to investigate the views of technology recipients by examining the perceptions of South African managers regarding technology integration in a manufacturing environment. A number of technology suppliers were also interviewed in order to obtain their opinions on the issues raised by the technology acquirers. The importance of different factors in integrating technology is studied in relation to managers ’ abilities to control these variables. An importance-control grid framework is used to identify critical parameters and to assess how they can be managed in a complex environment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal integration
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the 6th research symposium on international manufacturing
EditorsYongjiang Shi, Mike Gregory
Place of PublicationCambridge (UK)
PublisherUniversity of Cambridge
Pages61-71
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)1-902546-23-7, 978-1-902546-23-0
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Event6th Research Symposium on International Manufacturing - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Sep 200111 Sep 2001

Symposium

Symposium6th Research Symposium on International Manufacturing
Abbreviated titleIFM
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityCambridge
Period9/09/0111/09/01
OtherGlobal Integration Symposium

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    From transferred technology to technological capability: a framework for examining the acquisition of technological capability by Chinese enterprises

    Zhang, G., Vaidya, K. & Bennett, D., 2001, Global integration: proceedings of the 6th research symposium on international manufacturing. Shi, Y. & Gregory, M. (eds.). Cambridge (UK): University of Cambridge, p. 186-195 10 p.

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  • Perspectives on the transfer of technology to China: Scandinavian companies and the European context

    Bruun, P. & Bennett, D. J., 10 Sep 2001, Global Integration: proceedings of the 6th Research Symposium on International Manufacturing. Shi, Y. & Gregor, M. (eds.). Cambridge (UK): University of Cambridge, p. 14-23 10 p.

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    Hipkin, I., & Bennett, D. (2001). Acquirer and owner perceptions of technology integration: the South African case. In Y. Shi, & M. Gregory (Eds.), Global integration: proceedings of the 6th research symposium on international manufacturing (pp. 61-71). University of Cambridge.