Effective management of international technology transfer projects

Milton Vieira Junior (Industrial Engineering Post-Graduation Program, Universidade Nove de Julho – UNINOVE, São Paulo, Brazil)
Wagner Cezar Lucato (Industrial Engineering Post-Graduation Program, Universidade Nove de Julho – UNINOVE, São Paulo, Brazil)
Rosangela Maria Vanalle (Industrial Engineering Post-Graduation Program, Universidade Nove de Julho – UNINOVE, São Paulo, Brazil)
Kalinga Jagoda (Bissett School of Business, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Canada)

Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management

ISSN: 1741-038X

Publication date: 28 January 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The Brazilian textile industry has been facing fierce competition from low-cost imports from China and other Far East countries. To maintain their competitiveness in the local market, Brazilian companies have been adopting the product differentiation strategy. By using new technologies, they are able to develop new products with better quality at lower costs. With regard to new technologies, companies in the Brazilian textile industry have been using get-some and buy-some strategy, and international technology transfer (TT) has become an important part of their business strategies. However, due to lack of planning, many projects failed to achieve the desired results. This paper aims to provide theoretical insights and practical guidance on how textile firms could use a stage-gate model to enhance the effectiveness of their TT projects.

Design/methodology/approach

In order to investigate the TT practices in the Brazilian context, three issues are assessed. First, the paper evaluates the possibility of deploying TT practices used by firms in similar industries, to enhance the effectiveness of TT process. Second, it verifies whether it is possible for the textile firms to use a stage-gate model to manage their TT processes, using as a normative framework the stage-gate model proposed by Jagoda and Ramanathan and Jagoda et al. Finally, possible changes to the stage-gate model are evaluated to specifically fit the Brazilian textile sector. This step is accomplished through four case studies from the Brazilian textile industry.

Findings

The analyses of TT projects carried out by four companies show that there are many similarities and differences among the TT practices that are employed by the four companies that were investigated. The evaluation of the TT practices of the Brazilian textile companies against the stage-gate framework allowed authors to identify the gaps between the model and the TT practices of the companies investigated. Broader guidelines in adapting the stage-gate model to improve the TT process in the textile industry are discussed in the final part of this study.

Originality/value

The TT process in the Brazilian textile industry is not a widely investigated phenomenon; however, this process has been critical to enhancing Brazil's competitiveness. Thus, providing a better framework to support the TT process in the local textile sector could be relevant information for improving management action in the area.

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Citation

Vieira Junior, M., Cezar Lucato, W., Maria Vanalle, R. and Jagoda, K. (2014), "Effective management of international technology transfer projects", Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol. 25 No. 1, pp. 69-99. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMTM-08-2011-0079

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