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    Understanding technology transfer: an extended resource-based view

    Chiang, Yiteng (2021) Understanding technology transfer: an extended resource-based view. PhD thesis, Birkbeck, University of London.

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    With increased competition in the worldwide marketplace, technology transfer has helped organisations gain and sustain competitive advantage. However, theories such as Resource-based view cannot, in and of themselves, explain how companies gain competitive advantages from an environment where companies maintain frequent and multiple collaborative relationships with alliance partners. Moreover, to review previous studies on mixed theories, far too little attention has been paid to overlaps and integration mechanisms. This thesis integrates Resource-Based View (RBV) with Network Perspective (NP) as Extended Resource-Based View (ERBV) to understand the phenomenon of technology transfer. The whole thesis aims at answering how ERBV explains the mechanisms of technology transfer as well as applies to this research field. In this thesis, as such, three individual papers are asking three research questions based on the main research question which are: 1) How can Technology Transfer be explained by an Extended Resource-Based View? 2) How do resources drive technology transfer in Taiwan? And, 3) What are the relationships between technology transfer capabilities and performance of Information Technology and Electronics industry in Taiwan. Despite the abundant literature on technology transfer, a lack of consensus on conceptualisation and operationalisation of technology transfer remains. As such, chapter two develops a more comprehensive theoretical framework, ERBV perspective, to answer why it is in need and how it can be used to analyse and understand technology transfer. Chapter three engages the Case Study to know how resources drive technology transfer. Qualitative data will be acquired through in-depth interviews and field observations with industry experts and scholars. Subsequently, a structured questionnaire survey will be mailed to top executives (CEOs, Vice presidents of alliances, Top-level Managers, or R&D directors) of Information Technology and Electronics industry in Taiwan to understand the actual conditions of these constructs. That means a total of 1000 questionnaires will be mailed to top 1000 Taiwanese information technology and electronic companies are listed in the China Credit Information Service Incorporation for investigating the questionnaire approach. To verify the research hypotheses, a structural model and measuring model will be established to test the causal relationships among the variables. That is, chapter four adopts structural equation modelling (SEM) to justify the relationships between technology transfer capabilities and competitive advantages. After completing the above-mentioned research, chapter five will investigate and integrate them into a conceptual framework of technology management for information technology and electronics companies attempting to implement strategies of technological transfer. In sum, this study reaches following conclusions: 1) this study will clarify the relationship among the constructs by investigating ERPV and determining the causal relationships among them; 2) This study will investigate the current conditions of Taiwan’s information technology and electronics industry according to the constructs; 3) Conclusions, management implications, and suggestions for future research will be presented according to hypothesis verification results. 4) Through this research, we will assist businesses with understanding how and why organisations can utilise these constructs to create competitive advantages; 5) based on ERBV and literature, the present study will develop measurement items for each variable, with further consideration given to the suggestions of experts and scholars in in-depth interviews. 6) Where necessary, the questionnaire will be modified after conveying a pre-test with relevant businesses. 7) By developing specific measurement indicators for these constructs, this study will assist future researchers by clarifying the constructs and providing a means for measuring them.


    Item Type: Thesis
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    Depositing User: Acquisitions And Metadata
    Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2021 17:23
    Last Modified: 10 Nov 2021 17:23


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