The Role of Absorptive Capacity in Effectiveness of International Technology Transfer: Investigation of Part Suppliers in EF7 Project

Document Type : Original Article


1 Research Associate, Faculty of Management, Science and Technology Amirkabir University of Technology

2 Tarbiat Modares University

3 Faculty of Management and Economics, Tarbiat Modares University


In era of knowledge and technology, the completive advantage of companies depends on their knowledge assets and their capabilities to absorb external technologies rather than their physical assets. The ultimate aim of current research is to investigate the influence of dimensions of absorptive capacity in success of international technology transfer process for the Iranian National Engine (EF7) project by elaborating the manufacturing companies which accompany the project. Therefore, four hypotheses are proposed and tested in five manufacturing companies namely, STYM, Laton, IMPC, Mashad Washer and Fara Sanat, those which engaged in the project. Also the model was analyzed through regression and variance methods by data gathered from the five aforementioned companies. The results show that the level of absorptive capacity of companies significantly affects the effectiveness of technology transfer in so called project; companies having higher level of absorptive capacity before starting the project were able to achieve a higher level of technological capabilities after ending the project.


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