Publication: Research - peer-review › Book chapter – Annual report year: 2012
The increasing prominence of cross-border technology sourcing urges us to ask a question: what factors and conditions may influence firms' decisions of sourcing technology domestically or internationally? Research on this topic is scattered in the literature but a comprehensive understanding of these factors and conditions on this issue is still lacking. The aim of this paper thus is to establish a comprehensive framework that integrates factors affecting a firm’s propensity to make technology sourcing decisions regarding foreign or domestic origins of technologies. We identify four distinct categories of factors that are relevant in this respect: (1) technology supplier’s characteristics; (2) technology seeker’s characteristics; (3) features of technology itself; and (4) external contextual factors. We test our hypotheses based on Chinese firms’ inward technology licensing. We found well-established incumbent firms that are export-, and high-tech-oriented with strong absorptive capacity are more likely to in-license foreign technology rather than domestic ones if the in-sourced technology is mature, the technology suppliers have strong desorptive capacity, and the external knowledge environment is innovative.
|Title||2012 Academy of International Business Conference proceedings|
|Number of pages||37|
|Conference||AIB 2012 Annual Meeting|
|Period||30/06/12 → 03/07/12|
- Technology sourcing, Technology license, External knowledge acquisition, China
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