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Experiences of Technological Partnership of Japan with Overseas: The Case of Steel Industry

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  • Akio Hosono

    (Kobe University)

  • Nobuaki Hamaguchi

    (Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization)

Abstract

Three cases of Japanese experience of transfer of technology to newly industrialized countries in the steel industry during the 1960s and 70s are analyzed comparatively. The most successfu1 case in the Korean POSCO project is compared with the apparently failed case in Mexican SICARTSA project and a sort of intermediate case in the Brazilian USIMINAS projects. Both factors of success and failure are analyzed. Observations from this comparative analysis led us to conclude that the success of technology transfer depends very much on the quality of the system of learning of a recipient. The system incorporates efforts in education, finance strategy, coordination of the market, clear targeting of quality, and stimulus for technology absorption.

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  • Akio Hosono & Nobuaki Hamaguchi, 2002. "Experiences of Technological Partnership of Japan with Overseas: The Case of Steel Industry," Kobe Economic & Business Review, Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration, Kobe University, vol. 46, pages 27-46, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:kob:review:feb2002::v:46:p:27-46
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    Keywords

    Technological partnership; Steel industry; Technical cooperation;

    JEL classification:

    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
    • L61 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - Metals and Metal Products; Cement; Glass; Ceramics
    • O14 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Industrialization; Manufacturing and Service Industries; Choice of Technology
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
    • O53 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Asia including Middle East
    • O54 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Latin America; Caribbean

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