Global Value Chains and Technological Capabilities: A Framework to Study Industrial Innovation in Developing Countries

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Title: Global Value Chains and Technological Capabilities: A Framework to Study Industrial Innovation in Developing Countries
Author: Morrison, Andrea ; Pietrobelli, Carlo ; Rabellotti, Roberta
Abstract: This paper presents a critical review of the Global Value Chain literature in light of the “Technological Capabilities” approach to innovation and learning in LDCs. It intends to contribute to the GVC approach by setting out an original research agenda for studying their impact on upgrading technological capability building. This form of industrial organization may be particularly beneficial for firms located in LDCs, which are bound to source technology internationally. However, the issues of learning, technological efforts and investments to create and improve technological capabilities at the firm-level remain largely uncovered by this strand of literature. We argue that explicitly addressing these issues within the global value chains literature by using the concepts developed by the technological capabilities literature may importantly contribute to explain developing countries’ firms performance, and why and how they benefit in different degrees from participating in global value chains.
Description: Presented at the GLOBELICS 2006 conference in India during 4-7 October 2006. Session II-1 Innovation: Conceptual Issues
Type: Proceedings
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1853/35741
Date: 2006-10
Contributor: Università commerciale Luigi Bocconi
Università degli studi del Piemonte orientale "Amedeo Avogadro." Dipartimento di scienze economiche e metodi quantitativi
Università di Roma
Relation: GLOBELICS04. Plenary Session II: South-South Cooperation for Promoting Innovations in Developing Countries
Publisher: Georgia Institute of Technology
Subject: Global value chains
Innovation
Learning
Technological capabilities

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