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Indigenous technological capabilities, emerging market firms and the aerospace industry

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posted on 2023-06-08, 22:08 authored by Steven McGuire, Nazrul Islam
While emerging market economies have developed significant technological capabilities and increased their share of global value-added in aerospace, they have done so largely through utilising foreign direct investment (FDI) and offset arrangements to enter supply chains that remain dominated by European and American firms. The paper examines whether emerging markets are developing indigenous technological capability in aerospace technologies. Drawing on patent data from the Thomson Innovation database, the study seeks to understand whether anchor tenant capability is indeed forming in emerging markets. A tech-mining method is applied. The study suggests that China, in particular, has dramatically increased its innovative capacity in the area. However, the data also demonstrate the significant advantages enjoyed by incumbent firms from Europe and the USA, suggesting that the complexity of aircraft R&D remains a formidable barrier that can only be surmounted by determined government policies and anchor firms equipped with substantial innovation capabilities.

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  • Published

Journal

Technology Analysis and Strategic Management

ISSN

0953-7325

Publisher

Taylor and Francis Online

Issue

7

Volume

27

Page range

739-758

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  • Business and Management Publications

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Peer reviewed?

  • Yes

Legacy Posted Date

2015-08-18

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