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Ownership and Technological Capabilities in Brazil

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  • Ionara Costa

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Over the last fifty years, foreign-owned firms have played an important role in developing the Brazilian industry. The focus of debate on the impacts of these firms upon technical change in Brazil has been on the use of technology. However, a further understanding of how they can help to deepen local technological capabilities (TCs) is crucial. The research we are developing is an attempt to throw some light on this issue. As part of this task, this paper aims to present some proxies for TCs, comparing foreign- and domestic-owned firms. Farther demonstrating a low technological performance in the Brazilian industry, the figures point to a moderate TCs-building process, both by foreign- and domestic-owned firms. This suggests that foreign-owned firms do not per si mean local accumulation of deeper technological capabilities.

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Paper provided by DRUID, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy/Aalborg University, Department of Business Studies in its series DRUID Working Papers with number 01-06.

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Date of creation: 2001
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Handle: RePEc:aal:abbswp:01-06

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Keywords: Technological Capability; Multinational Companies; Brazilian Industry;

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  1. Peter Maskell, 1996. "Localised Low-tech Learning in the Furniture Industry," DRUID Working Papers 96-11, DRUID, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy/Aalborg University, Department of Business Studies.
  2. Nicolai J. Foss, 1996. "Firms, Incomplete Contracts and Organizational Learning," DRUID Working Papers 96-2, DRUID, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy/Aalborg University, Department of Business Studies.
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  1. Les Oxley & David Thorns & Paul Walker & Hong Wang, 2008. "The Knowledge Economy/Society: The Latest Example of “Measurement Without Theory”?," Working Papers in Economics 08/03, University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance.

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