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Title: Intra-firm technology management and the innovation process in a multinational company
Author: Malik, Khaleel Ur-Rehman
ISNI:       0000 0001 3617 4684
Awarding Body: University of Manchester : University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2000
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As businesses become more global, this creates particular problems of technology management and strategy formation, which are central to the process of wealth creation and the performance of UK companies. The main objective of this thesis is to investigate the process of intra-firm technology management, for companies that have multiple plants and R&D facilities in different countries, and serve different national markets. This objective is pursued by studying the management of intra-firm technology transfer practices and the innovation process within, a multinational firm environment. Five case studies are examined at BICC Cables Ltd. (UK), who had acquired a number of companies in Europe and have faced the problem of integrating their activities into a coherent technology strategy. The issue of R&D decentralisation is also explored in the context of the BICC technology organisational structure. A major outcome of this thesis is the conceptualisation of the technology transfer process in a `broadcasting model' that acts as a tool to help formulate issues, which are relevant to the `capabilities' of the transmitting and receiving organisations in a firm. The findings from this research study show that organisations are composed of different language communities and sometimes this language difference may arise from highly specific or localised technological knowledge held by individuals. Hence `people transfer' alone cannot overcome barriers to technology transfer, people need to engage with the meanings of ideas and their implications if a MNC is to develop globally. Also this study emphasises that the process of technology transfer cannot be represented as a single routine, but it is a bundle of routines.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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