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Estrategia tecnológica y demanda de investigación básica a las universidades y centros. El caso de dos empresas en México


  • Dutrénit, Gabriela

    (Departamento de Producción Económica de la Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco)

  • Vera-Cruz, Alexandre O.

    (Departamento de Producción Económica de la Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco)

  • Álvarez, Jesús

    (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa)

  • Rodríguez Lorenzo

    (Delphi Corp)


The aim of this paper is to explore the nature of the R&D activities carried out by firms located in Mexico, and the type of basic research that these firms demand from the universities and R&D centers in the country. This paper is based on empirical research at the firm level and presents two case studies: (i) a large Mexican firm that carries out R&D and has a followership technology strategy in a context of a latecomer country, and (ii) a global firm, which follows a leadership technology strategy, that is located in Mexico under the maquila scheme, and has stared to carry out R&D activities in Mexico. Based on this evidence, this paper discusses the type of basic research required by these types of firms, and explore the implications of establishing a model for science development that is demand oriented.// Este trabajo analiza la naturaleza de las actividades de investigación y desarrollo (ID) realizadas por empresas en México y la demanda de investigación básica que generan para las universidades y centros de ID. Se presentan en detalle, dos casos: una empresa mexicana grande que realiza ID y tiene una estrategia tecnológica de seguidor en un país “entrante tardío”, y una empresa global, con una estrategia de liderazgo tecnológico que está establecida en México con el régimen de maquila y que ha comenzado a realizar actividades de ID en este país. A partir de la evidencia empírica se reflexiona en la investigación básica que demandan los dos tipos de empresas y en las consecuencias de establecer un modelo para el desarrollo de la ciencia orientada por la demanda.

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  • Dutrénit, Gabriela & Vera-Cruz, Alexandre O. & Álvarez, Jesús & Rodríguez Lorenzo, 2003. "Estrategia tecnológica y demanda de investigación básica a las universidades y centros. El caso de dos empresas en México," El Trimestre Económico, Fondo de Cultura Económica, vol. 0(280), pages 835-877, octubre-d.
  • Handle: RePEc:elt:journl:v:70:y:2003:i:280:p:835-877

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    administración del cambio tecnológico; investigación y desarrollo;

    JEL classification:

    • O32 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D


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