The potential for technology and knowledge transfers between foreign and local firms: A study of the construction industry in Ghana

Ellis L.C. Osabutey*, Karen Williams, Yaw A. Debrah

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Abstract

Multinational corporations (MNCs) and other foreign firms can be conduits for technology and knowledge (T&K) transfer to host countries in the developing world. Most of the existing research focuses on T&K transfers through FDI and are drawn from Asia not Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), although SSA is increasingly receiving foreign investment. There is a paucity of research that gives insights into project-level T&K transfer issues in SSA countries. Using the Ghanaian construction industry as an empirical focus, this article explores T&K transfer potential. The findings reveal significant weaknesses in T&K transfer across industry subsectors and between foreign and local firms. This arises from the potentially complementary but dissimilar resource and knowledge bases. The weaknesses are compounded by the absence of coherent government T&K development policies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)560-571
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of World Business
Volume49
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes

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