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Can international acquisition be an effective way to boost innovation in developing countries? Evidences from China's TFT‐LCD industry

Can international acquisition be an effective way to boost innovation in developing countries?... Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the effects of international acquisition activities on performance and its role in innovation build‐up in developing countries. Design/methodology/approach – A case study was used to understand the deep integration process of acquisition process. The theory behind the study is the relationship of innovation management and merger and acquisition activities. Findings – Acquiring a company with higher technologies has more risks and it requires the acquiring company to master a fast learning capability. The key to a successful international technology acquisition for a developing country is to leverage technology dynamics and build up a high‐level learning capability to absorb tacit knowledge. Research limitations/implications – An in‐depth case study was adopted. Further quantitative research may be needed to test our research outcome here. Practical implications – The case study may provide valuable reference for the companies aiming to catch up via international acquisition in the developing countries. Originality/value – First, this paper is to enrich literature on acquisition research from a technological perspective. Second, fast learning capability, especially the capability to absorb tacit knowledge, is the key to a successful acquisition when a lagging‐behind company in the developing country wants to catch up a leading one. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Science and Technology Policy in China Emerald Publishing

Can international acquisition be an effective way to boost innovation in developing countries? Evidences from China's TFT‐LCD industry

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2010 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1758-552X
DOI
10.1108/17585521011059866
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the effects of international acquisition activities on performance and its role in innovation build‐up in developing countries. Design/methodology/approach – A case study was used to understand the deep integration process of acquisition process. The theory behind the study is the relationship of innovation management and merger and acquisition activities. Findings – Acquiring a company with higher technologies has more risks and it requires the acquiring company to master a fast learning capability. The key to a successful international technology acquisition for a developing country is to leverage technology dynamics and build up a high‐level learning capability to absorb tacit knowledge. Research limitations/implications – An in‐depth case study was adopted. Further quantitative research may be needed to test our research outcome here. Practical implications – The case study may provide valuable reference for the companies aiming to catch up via international acquisition in the developing countries. Originality/value – First, this paper is to enrich literature on acquisition research from a technological perspective. Second, fast learning capability, especially the capability to absorb tacit knowledge, is the key to a successful acquisition when a lagging‐behind company in the developing country wants to catch up a leading one.

Journal

Journal of Science and Technology Policy in ChinaEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 23, 2010

Keywords: International business; Acquisitions and mergers; Developing countries; China; Tacit knowledge

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