Technology Transfer: Rejuvenating Matured Industries [NOOK Book]

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This study focuses on technology transfer in the steel mini-mill industry. It identifies two central issues: how capacity is built and how demand is sustained, developing a three-dimensional perspective to bring into sharp focus the desirability and necessity of technology transfer. The three-dimensional perspective focuses on the changes in the marketplace for flat steel sheets, the responsiveness and sensitivity to these market changes, and applying the best available technology to obtain a high quality ...

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Technology Transfer: Rejuvenating Matured Industries

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Overview

This study focuses on technology transfer in the steel mini-mill industry. It identifies two central issues: how capacity is built and how demand is sustained, developing a three-dimensional perspective to bring into sharp focus the desirability and necessity of technology transfer. The three-dimensional perspective focuses on the changes in the marketplace for flat steel sheets, the responsiveness and sensitivity to these market changes, and applying the best available technology to obtain a high quality product. Prior to this study, technology transfer has been examined in a bivariate relationship, namely, how technology transfer contributed to the development process in developing countries and Newly Industrialized Countries (NICs).


The framework formulated in this study showed that Japan was lagging behind all the steel-producing countries because, like the NICs, it imported the physical and organizational technologies that fostered its prosperity. Based on primary and secondary research, this study revealed that high levels of operational efficiency and sophisticated product quality were achieved through continuous improvement culminating in Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) consisting of Real Time Process Control. On the other hand, the research also revealed that China based the improvement of its steel industry on self-reliance combined with judicious selection of foreign collaboration.


The theoretical underpinnings of the crucial issues in this study led to the development of an interactive model of technology transfer based upon stock and flow variables.

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Caribbean "entrepreneur with a purpose" Moonan analyzes<-->at the intra-, inter-, and inter-industry levels<-->the process of technology transfer in industries that must reinvent themselves. In the context of the current accent on product quality and efficiency, this dissertation study highlights the resurgent minimill steel industry, the scrap market, a literature review, comparison of integrated and minimill steel mills, the international transfer of technology, a Japanese case study, directions in newly industrializing nations, and future research. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Maps
Foreword
Preface
I Introduction 3
II An Overview 11
III The Scrap Market 39
IV Technology Transfer - Literature Review 67
V A Comparison of Integrated Steel Mills with Steel Minimills 107
VI The International Transfer of Technology 129
VII Japanese Case Study 165
VIII The Direction of Technology Transfer within the Steel Industries in Newly Industrialized and Developing Countries 199
IX Future Research 233
Glossary 241
Bibliography 247
Index 277
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