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Could open source ecology and open source appropriate technology be used as a roadmap from technology colony?


  • Babasile Daniel Osunyomi
  • Tobias Redlich
  • Jens Peter Wulfsberg


In the quest for sustainability, emerging economies can no longer rely on the vertical transference of foreign technologies. Therefore, the development of endogenous technologies as a driver of any sustainable national industrialisation efforts should be reoriented. Technological independence is profound in ensuring sustainability, which according to the research findings, is inhibited by the resilient status of a technology colony. A technology colony demonstrates interests in production and sales, than in idea generation, research and development (R%D), and industrialisation of new products or services. The aim of this article is to provide a brief explanation on what a technology colony is, and how it affects innovation and development. In a next step, the significance of open source ecology (OSE) and open source appropriate technology (OSAT) concepts as a roadmap to eliminate the effects of technology colonisation on the sustainable development of emerging economies are explored relying on a qualitative literature review.

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  • Babasile Daniel Osunyomi & Tobias Redlich & Jens Peter Wulfsberg, 2016. "Could open source ecology and open source appropriate technology be used as a roadmap from technology colony?," International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 8(3), pages 265-282.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijtlid:v:8:y:2016:i:3:p:265-282

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    1. Heikkinen, I.T.S. & Savin, H. & Partanen, J. & Seppälä, J. & Pearce, J.M., 2020. "Towards national policy for open source hardware research: The case of Finland," Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Elsevier, vol. 155(C).


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