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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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|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|