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Transferring intermediate technologies to rural enterprises in developing economies: a conceptual framework
Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL). University of Cauca – CREPIC, Popayán, Colombia.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9136-6718
Open University Business School, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9431-4497
Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
2017 (English)In: Prometheus, ISSN 0810-9028, E-ISSN 1470-1030, Vol. 34, no 2, p. 153-170Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper integrates the contributions from different branches of the technology transfer literature to identify enablers driving the transfer of intermediate or appropriate technologies to recipients in rural areas of developing economies. An in-depth analysis of the literature shows that many enablers identified in the literature focus on high technology transfers and are of limited relevance in the context of rural enterprises. Other important enablers in this specific setting are ignored or insufficiently considered. This paper proposes a framework comprising a specific set of enablers that facilitates technology transfer in rural enterprises in developing regional economies. © 2017 Deycy Janeth Sánchez Preciado, Björn Claes and Nicholas Theodorakopoulos.

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Melbourne, VIC: Routledge, 2017. Vol. 34, no 2, p. 153-170
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Information Systems, Social aspects
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-35619DOI: 10.1080/08109028.2016.1316931ISI: 000401518800006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85019571902OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-35619DiVA, id: diva2:1161702
Available from: 2017-11-30 Created: 2017-11-30 Last updated: 2018-10-24Bibliographically approved
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1. Developing Technology Transfer Processes in rural contexts: The case of Cauca in Colombia
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Developing Technology Transfer Processes in rural contexts: The case of Cauca in Colombia
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This doctoral thesis addresses the technology transfer process in rural developing economies. Technology transfer refers to the movement of physical artifacts and knowledge from a transferor (e.g. a university) to a recipient (e.g. a cooperative or a producer). Many rural developing economies depend on rural enterprises engaged in small-scale production. These enterprises usually have limited market reach, inadequate financial margins, and low value added products. In this context, technology transfer commonly features large information and knowledge asymmetry between the transferors and recipients, the recipients’ dependence on government financial support, and the recipients’ underdeveloped business skills. Despite the importance of technology transfer for production improvements by enterprises in rural economies, little is known about how the two sides interact when technologies to fit the small-scale production context are transferred. To address this knowledge gap, this thesis focuses on how rural enterprises adapt and use technologies that are collaboratively developed with universities with the support of governments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Empirically, the thesis analyses technology transfer aimed at improving silk, fish, and coffee production in Cauca, a region in Colombia. The thesis uses Situated Learning Theory, action research, and case study methodology. The thesis shows that i) intermediaries broker and facilitate (organise) the interaction between universities and cooperatives and rural enterprises; ii) there are seven features that enable technology transfer in rural developing economies and iii) ‘systems’ of technology transfer evolve in rural developing economies through analysis of problem formulation and problem solving as the mechanisms.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Halmstad: Halmstad University Press, 2018. p. 117
Series
Halmstad University Dissertations ; 41
Keywords
technology transfer, rural developing countries, intermediate technologies, cooperatives
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified Business Administration
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urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-38208 (URN)978-91-87045-84-4 (ISBN)978-91-87045-85-1 (ISBN)
Public defence
2018-02-23, O126, Kristian IV:s väg 3, Halmstad, 10:00 (English)
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The submitted papers 4 & 5 not in DiVA.

Funding: Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation / Departamento Administrativo de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (COLCIENCIAS), Bogotá, Colombia

Available from: 2019-02-08 Created: 2018-10-24 Last updated: 2019-02-08Bibliographically approved

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