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Building absorptive capacity in less developed countries The case of Tanzania

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  • Szogs, Astrid

    () (CIRCLE, Lund University)

  • Chaminade, Cristina

    () (CIRCLE, Lund University)

  • Azatyan, Ruzana

    () (Lund University)

Abstract

African countries lag clearly behind developed countries when it comes to accumulating technological capabilities, upgrading and catching up. Also, firms in least developed countries are characterised by very low levels of absorptive capacity. It is therefore crucial to understand how this capacity can be build so that the indigenous firms can benefit from external knowledge sources. Drawing on case study material, this paper investigates the role of intermediate organizations in facilitating technological knowledge transfer between the university and the indigenous SMEs, discussing how capabilities are built during such intermediation. Particularly, we discuss the role of NGOs facilitating the transfer of knowledge between universities and SMEs in Tanzania and the accumulation of new technological capabilities (absorptive capacity) in the latter.

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  • Szogs, Astrid & Chaminade, Cristina & Azatyan, Ruzana, 2008. "Building absorptive capacity in less developed countries The case of Tanzania," Papers in Innovation Studies 2008/5, Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy.
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    1. Rajneesh Narula & John Dunning, 2000. "Industrial Development, Globalization and Multinational Enterprises: New Realities for Developing Countries," Oxford Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 28(2), pages 141-167.
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    1. Chaminade , Cristina & Padilla Pérez , Ramón, 2014. "The challenge of alignment and barriers for the design and implementation of science, technology and innovation policies for innovation systems in developing countries," Papers in Innovation Studies 2014/26, Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy.
    2. Chaminade, Cristina & Intarakumnerd, Patarapong & Sapprasert, Koson, 2012. "Measuring systemic problems in National Innovation Systems. An application to Thailand," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 41(8), pages 1476-1488.

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    Keywords

    Systems of innovation; absorptive capacity; Tanzania; innovation; NGOs;

    JEL classification:

    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General

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