Globalization is one of the most important phenomena of our times. Everything—be it economic, social, or cultural—is affected by it. Multinational enterprises (MNEs) have to operate their businesses across national borders in this globalizing world. Particularly, they have to manage the international transfer of technology and knowledge, because their competitive advantages tend to rest on these. However, managing this international transfer is a difficult task, because technology and knowledge are sometimes implicit and can be incomprehensible for those who don’t share the same background. This book, edited by Pierre-Yves Donzé and Shigehiro Nishimura, demonstrates “how technology has been transferred through complex processes, involving a variety of actors from several countries” (1). It presents us with important factors or viewpoints from which to understand the international transfer of technology, and good examples of how it has been managed. In other words,...
Organizing Global Technology Flows: Institutions, Actors, and Processes
Ryosuke Takeuchi is an associate professor in the Faculty of International Social Sciences at Yokohama National University in Japan. His research focuses on the history of international business, mainly the history of the Japanese activities of foreign multinational enterprises (MNEs) after World War II. Now he is exploring the history and the evolution process of Japanese subsidiaries of MNEs in the pharmaceutical, food, and beverage industries.
Ryosuke Takeuchi; Organizing Global Technology Flows: Institutions, Actors, and Processes. East Asian Science, Technology and Society 1 December 2018; 12 (4): 555–558. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/18752160-4297817
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