Strategic decision-making for technology implementation in developing countries


Researchers and managers stress the importance of long-term technology strategies to develop technological capabilities for global competitive advantage. This paper explores the relationship between technology decision-making and strategy in technology transfer (TT) in developing countries, with special reference to South Africa. Earlier research by the authors considered technology and operations integration in developing countries and identified factors that were important to managers in the management of technology. The paper proposes five decision-making levels as the basis of a framework for TT, and investigates the strategic issues pertaining to TT at these levels. Four South African cases studies are used to propose a framework that combines important items in technology transfer and levels of decision-making. The research suggests that technology plays a limited role in strategic decisions in developing countries, and that expectations from new technology are largely operational. Broader implications for managers are identified.

Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Operations & Information Management
Event Title: Euroma/POMS conference
Event Type: Other
Event Dates: 2003-06-16 - 2003-06-18
Uncontrolled Keywords: technology,operations,strategy
ISBN: 88-86281-78-1
Last Modified: 27 Dec 2023 09:58
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2009 07:57
PURE Output Type: Conference contribution
Published Date: 2003
Authors: Hipkin, Ian
Bennett, David (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-1480-8652)



Version: Accepted Version

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