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Title: Learning among latecomer firms in low-carbon energy technology : the case of the Thai biogas industry
Author: Reinauer, Tobias
ISNI:       0000 0004 7970 6945
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2019
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The localisation of industries for low-carbon energy (LCE) technologies allows developing countries to align their economic development aspirations with efforts to reduce the amount of climate-damaging greenhouse gases that they emit into the atmosphere. This thesis aims to contribute to a better understanding of the localisation of such industries by analysing how firms accumulate technological capabilities, i.e. the resources needed to acquire, use, adapt, and change existing technology and/or to develop new technology. It focuses on the case of the Thai industry for medium and large-scale biogas plants and presents two research projects that are based on multiple-case study frameworks. The first of these analyses the documentation of a large sample of Thai biogas projects to determine the organisational arrangements that local and foreign firms have engaged in for the supply of technology in these projects. The second research project consists of a detailed comparative case study of technological learning at 10 Thai biogas engineering firms and is primarily based on interview data. The research presented in this thesis offers a number of micro-level insights about technological learning processes at so-called latecomer firms. This includes the extent of inter-firm heterogeneity in learning, the role of knowledge spillovers through informal learning mechanisms, differences in learning for technologies with particular kinds of characteristics, and the concomitant nature of changes in technological capabilities and learning mechanisms. These insights are helpful for decision makers in business, government, international donor agencies, and bi-/multilateral institutions involved in the design of targeted initiatives aiming to support the localisation of industries for the development and supply of LCE technology in the countries of the Global South.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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