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Determinants of adoption of flexible production technologies: Evidence from portuguese manufacturing industry

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  • Ana Faria
  • Paul Fenn
  • Alistair Bruce

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This paper investigates the main determinants of adoption of flexible production technologies (FPTs), using a cross-section of Portuguese manufacturing firms. In order to investigate the determinants of adoption by Portuguese firms we estimate a probit model of technology adoption, where rank, location, industry and demand uncertainty effects are considered. The main findings are that: (i) plant heterogeneity is important in understanding differences in the likelihood of adoption; (ii) spillover effects resulting from geographical proximity foster adoption; (iii) differences in technological regimes across industries also play a role in the diffusion process; and (iv) demand uncertainty increases the likelihood of adoption of FPTs.

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  • Ana Faria & Paul Fenn & Alistair Bruce, 2002. "Determinants of adoption of flexible production technologies: Evidence from portuguese manufacturing industry," Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 11(6), pages 569-580.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:ecinnt:v:11:y:2002:i:6:p:569-580
    DOI: 10.1080/10438590214338
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