Learning, Upgrading, Innovation in the South African Automotive Industry

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dc.contributor.author Barnes, Justin en_US
dc.contributor.author Lorentzen, Jochen en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-02-04T10:23:59Z
dc.date.available 2009-02-04T10:23:59Z
dc.date.issued 2004-02-06T00:00:00Z en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10398/6546
dc.description.abstract This paper addresses the innovation activities of automotive component manufacturers in South Africa. It looks at the technological trajectory of a handful of firms that stand out from the crowd and analyses the results of their endeavours in the context of their interaction with foreign capital, their internal upgrading and R&D agenda, and their interface with South Africa’s national innovation system (NIS). The analysis makes use of eight case studies, and illustrates the conditions under which indigenous innovation in the automotive industries can happen in a developing country. This finding contradicts at least part of the conventional wisdom concerning the location of innovation activities in global car value chains. Results also point to a deficient NIS insofar as there appears to be a disjuncture between the demand for engineering competence in the manufacturing sector on the one hand and output from the tertiary education sector on the other. Open questions that need further attention include among others the overall functioning of the NIS, and changes over time in the perception of local innovation potential by car assemblers. Keywords: automotive industry, developing countries, technology transfer, technology accumulation, innovation. JEL Classification: L62, O31, O32. en_US
dc.format.extent 32 s. en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Working paper;2003 en_US
dc.subject.other sydafrika en_US
dc.subject.other bilindustri en_US
dc.subject.other innovation en_US
dc.subject.other innovationspolitik en_US
dc.subject.other innovationssystemer en_US
dc.title Learning, Upgrading, Innovation in the South African Automotive Industry en_US
dc.type wp en_US
dc.accessionstatus modt04feb05 lanomo en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Copenhagen Business School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.department Institut for International Økonomi og Virksomhedsledelse en_US
dc.contributor.department Institut for International Økonomi og Virksomhedsledelse
dc.contributor.departmentshort INT en_US
dc.contributor.departmentuk Department of International Economics and Management en_US
dc.contributor.departmentuk Department of International Economics and Management
dc.contributor.departmentukshort INT
dc.idnumber x656379005 en_US
dc.publisher.city København en_US
dc.publisher.year 2003 en_US


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