This research investigates the critical elements affecting the ability of firms in developing countries to cultivate their technological capability through imported technology. The information obtained from forty-five technology recipient Indonesian manufacturing firms indicate that the cultivation of technological capability is affected by several factors such as a firm's technological absorption capacity in terms of R&D activities and availability of technical personnel; transfer channels; government's involvement; and a firm's learning culture. Also, the acquisition of mature technology just to boost production capacity or improve product quality contributes very little to the development of technological capability.
Journal of Technology Transfer
Sprott School of Business

Kumar, V, Kumar, U, & Persaud, A. (Aditha). (1999). Building technological capability through importing technology: The case of Indonesian manufacturing industry. Journal of Technology Transfer (Vol. 24, pp. 81–96). doi:10.1023/A:1007728921126