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Innovation capabilities in the Brazilian automobile industry: a study of vehicle assemblers' technological strategies and policy recommendations

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  • Ruy Quadros
  • Flavia Consoni

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This paper is concerned with the development of technological capabilities in the Brazilian subsidiaries of multinational assemblers in Brazil, particularly their involvement in Product Development (PD). The paper addresses the following issues: What roles have vehicle assembly subsidiaries played in building up local technological capabilities in PD in Brazil? How complex are such activities? Are innovative technological capabilities being accumulated as result of the involvement of subsidiaries with PD? Complementary, the paper addresses the question of what are the implications of assembler's PD location strategy for local auto-parts producers. The paper concludes with policy implications and discussion on the benefits of decentralisation.

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  • Ruy Quadros & Flavia Consoni, 2009. "Innovation capabilities in the Brazilian automobile industry: a study of vehicle assemblers' technological strategies and policy recommendations," International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 2(1/2), pages 53-75.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijtlid:v:2:y:2009:i:1/2:p:53-75
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    1. Lema, Rasmus & Quadros, Ruy & Schmitz, Hubert, 2015. "Reorganising global value chains and building innovation capabilities in Brazil and India," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 44(7), pages 1376-1386.
    2. Martín Obaya, 2015. "Technological learning in MNC subsidiaries operating in regional integration processes: a case study on an automotive company in MERCOSUR," Globelics Working Paper Series 2015-02, Globelics - Global Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems, Aalborg University, Department of Business and Management.
    3. Emanuele Bacchiocchi & Massimo Florio & Anna Giunta, 2012. "Internationalisation and the agglomeration effect in the global value chain: the case of Italian automotive suppliers," International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 5(3), pages 267-290.
    4. Nabaz T. Khayyat & Jeong-Dong Lee, 2012. "A New Index Measure of Technological Capabilities for Developing Countries," TEMEP Discussion Papers 201291, Seoul National University; Technology Management, Economics, and Policy Program (TEMEP), revised Jun 2012.
    5. Khayyat, Nabaz T. & Lee, Jeong-Dong, 2015. "A measure of technological capabilities for developing countries," Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Elsevier, vol. 92(C), pages 210-223.

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