Technology transfer and catch-up; Lessons from the commercial aircraft industry

H.J. Steenhuis, E.J. de Bruijn, Johannes M.G. Heerkens

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This paper analyses the technology development and technology transfer strategies in the aircraft manufacturing industry for four industrially developing countries. It is concluded from four case studies that technology catch-up is extremely difficult due to aircraft technology characteristics. Based on this, several propositions are developed concerning technology transfer, catch-up and several aspects of learning.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)250-278
Number of pages29
JournalInternational journal of technology transfer and commercialisation
Issue number2/3/4
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • METIS-247731
  • productivity
  • organisation design
  • IR-73390
  • Culture
  • International manufacturing

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