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Title: Learning technological capability in developing countries : case of two industries in Vietnam : textile/garment and electronics
Author: Ca, Tran Ngoc
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1997
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This thesis is concerned with the building up of technological capabilities (TC) in developing countries and the learning process for these TC in the context of Vietnam. There are 2 main sets of research questions. The first is the interaction between learning process and its main: the accumulation of TC. The second set of research questions concerns the firm's interaction with its external environment. The study examines the learning process in 24 Vietnamese firms from two industries: textile/garment and electronics. This learning process is a core activity for the creation of six technological capabilities: production, investment, minor and major technical change, linkage and marketing. The relationship between these TCs and several forms of learning (such as learning-by-doing, learning-by-training, by-searching information or foreign connections) is examined. The influences of macro-environment factors on the learning process, the reaction of the firms to these influences and their impact on learning activity are also identified. The study found that a pattern of TC accumulation has emerged, where production and minor technical change are developed more and earlier than other forms of TC. There is a relationship between certain learning mechanisms and TC: prior accumulation of experiences and foreign connections are the most important learning mechanisms for the firms. The study suggests that learning is a long and painstaking process that the firms need to go through in order to accumulate their TC. The macro-economic policies and the supporting infrastructure are the two most influential factors for learning and building up TC. In the context of Vietnam, the characteristics of both a developing country and a transitional economy seem to create particular difficulties for Vietnamese firms in learning their TC.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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