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Technology transfer strategies and practices in Nigerian constrruction organisations

Odigie, H 2012, Technology transfer strategies and practices in Nigerian constrruction organisations , PhD thesis, Salford : University of Salford.

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    Abstract

    There is no doubt that Technology Transfer (TT) activity from the transferees' view point is an important issue when it comes to economic development, especially in developing countries. This present study is concerned with Technology Transfer Strategies and Practices (TTS&P) within/between Nigerian construction organisations, from the transferees' perspective where emphasis is placed more on the indigenous construction organisations. The aim of this study is to develop a framework of TTS&P for Nigerian indigenous construction organisations. This study recognised the importance of collaboration in any Technology Transfer (TT) activities, as Technology Transfer (TT) is a give and take process. Therefore, the study investigated Technology Transfer Strategies and Practices (TTS&P) from both indigenised foreign construction organisations and indigenous construction organisations in Nigeria. It investigated the current Technology Transfer Strategies and Practices (TTS&P) employed, the effectiveness of Technology Transfer Strategies and Practices (TTS&P), the Critical Success Factors (CSFs) that influence the implementation of Technology Transfer Strategies and Practices (TTS&P), the benefits and challenges associated with Technology Transfer Strategies and Practices (TTS&P). Evidence from literature revealed the need for TTS&P in Nigerian indigenous construction organisations. It also revealed that there are very few studies on TT that have been undertaken in developing countries, whilst no study has been done on TTS&P, especially in Nigerian construction organisations. The objectives of this empirical study were to explore TTS&P within Nigerian construction organisations. The research adopted an interpretive stance and employs multiple data collection methods. It employed a combination of both postal questionnaires and semi-structured interviews. A total of 143 completed questionnaires representing 108 questionnaires from indigenous construction organisations and 35 questionnaires from indigenised foreign construction organisations, formed the data base for the quantitative analysis. The qualitative data were from 23 semi-structured interviews (9 interviews came from indigenised foreign construction organisations and 14 interviews from indigenous construction organisations). The study concluded that organisational alliance through technology transfers are growing and the potential benefits of such organisational arrangements are not being realised because participating organisations are emphasising on short-term profit sharing to the detriment of more long-term and ultimately, core value-added, dimensions of knowledge creation and organisational learning. The study therefore recommended a long-term collaboration that would embrace technology transfer strategies and practices which would encourage construction organisations to move away from their traditional client-contractors relationships to more contractorscontractors- clients relationship for more knowledge, skills and techniques sharing processes. This study was limited to Nigerian construction organisations, especially the indigenous construction organisations, but can be generalised and thus applied to other organisations that exhibit similar characteristics.

    Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
    Contributors: Egbu, CO(Supervisor)
    Additional Information:
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology
    Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
    Depositing User: Institutional Repository
    Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2012 14:34
    Last Modified: 19 Feb 2014 09:33
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/26843

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