The co-evolution of international business connections and domestic technological capabilities: Lessons from the Japanese catch-up experience

John Cantwell, Yanli Zhang

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Abstract

We undertake an examination of the technological catch-up experiences of the leading Japanese industrial firms in the twentieth century, based on both qualitative and quantitative historical evidence. We argue that the international business connections of Japanese firms had a strong influence on the industrial composition of the catch-up of their technological capabilities, and that in turn that catch-up has led to a change in the nature and form of their international business connections. We speculate on some similarities and differences with the current catchup of firms in emerging market economies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-68
Number of pages32
JournalTransnational Corporations
Volume18
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2009

Keywords

  • Business networks
  • China
  • International business connections
  • Japan
  • Technological catch-up
  • Technology transfer

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