Next Wave of Technology Partnering

7 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2011

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A. S. Rao

Indian Innovators Association

Date Written: July 7, 2011


India has not adopted the import-innovate-export paradigm of ASEAN countries, yet the gains in absorption capacity of Indian firms seem impressive. As India has not followed the trajectory of ASEAN neighbors, it is interesting to examine the future scenarios of technology partnering. Would large Indian firms form strategic alliances or scale-up sponsored research projects? Will there be more joint ventures with European SMEs? This paper looks at the work of several authors on Indian technological capabilities and state of university TTOs. Taking into account the move away from joint ventures to specialists for disembodied knowledge and need for TTOs to capitalize long tail of low revenue technologies, a scenario is projected for next wave of technology partnering. It is envisaged there would be a pipe, choke full of technologies, connecting knowledge clusters with production clusters, cutting across nations. IT tools reducing transaction costs and national measures enforcing IP rights could be the key enablers.

Keywords: Technology Transfer, International Technology Transfer, University TTO, Knowledge cluster, Production Cluster, Long tail of university research, India, ASEAN, Flying Geese, Technology license, Technology absorption capacity, Technology partnering, Start-up

JEL Classification: M13, O21, O30, O31, O32, O33, O38, R34

Suggested Citation

Subbarao, Aynampudi, Next Wave of Technology Partnering (July 7, 2011). Available at SSRN: or

Aynampudi Subbarao (Contact Author)

Indian Innovators Association ( email )

New Delhi


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