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Transferring knowledge in Quebec–Mexico partnerships: the case of the dairy industry


  • Ariadna Rodríguez Díaz



This work seeks to contribute to technology transfer case study literature, by exploring the possibilities of an international trade between Mexico and Quebec in dairy industry under an international agreement’s environment. We report this probable exchange on an exploratory study, based on previous studies made at HEC Montréal at the International Technology Transfer course. This was explored in terms of knowledge and technology transfer, involving an innovative product. We present evidence based on public information and company interviews’ results which, analyzed through a theoretical framework of knowledge and technology transfer, suggests a possible future partnership, involving knowledge transfer. Our results show that, even if the two companies selected have similar cooperative-type structures, they do not behave in similar way. Both enterprises could better complement each other in terms of R&D, marketing, benchmarking, process and entrepreneurial capabilities. Furthermore, our research indicates that both enterprises could better face on industry’s threats in domestic and international competition, which could be used as a basis for further research in international technology transfers. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

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  • Ariadna Rodríguez Díaz, 2012. "Transferring knowledge in Quebec–Mexico partnerships: the case of the dairy industry," The Journal of Technology Transfer, Springer, vol. 37(5), pages 631-647, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jtecht:v:37:y:2012:i:5:p:631-647
    DOI: 10.1007/s10961-010-9197-0

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    1. Freeman, Chris, 1995. "The 'National System of Innovation' in Historical Perspective," Cambridge Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 19(1), pages 5-24, February.
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