Absorptive Capacity in Technological Learning in Clean Development Mechanism Projects

25 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2011

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Asel Doranova

Technopolis Consulting Group

Ionara Costa

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Geert Duysters

Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) - Eindhoven Center for Innovation Studies (ECIS); University of Maastricht

Date Written: February 26, 2011

Abstract

Technology transfer in Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects of the Kyoto Protocol has become one of the important issues addressed both in policy agenda and by academic scholars. In many CDM project host countries, technology transfer is among the key provisions of sustainable development objectives of the CDM projects. This study is an effort to investigate CDM projects' related technology transfer process from the organizational learning perspective. The prerequisite for successful technology transfer and organizational technological learning is to foster technological capabilities (TC) of an organization. In this study we used data from our survey of the CDM project host organizations in four largest CDM host countries India, Brazil, Mexico and China. We assessed TC building progress and studied various characteristics of the organizations. The present paper focuses on absorptive capacity related determinants of technological capability building in the CDM projects. Absorptive capacity is a multidimensional concept thus we investigated the effect of the dimensions such as prior knowledge, personnel qualification, and training efforts. A strong positive association was established between prior knowledge and TC building; and less for qualification variable. Besides we proved a curvilinear relationship between prior knowledge and TC building outcomes.

Keywords: clean development mechanism, technology transfer, technological capability building, technological learning, absorptive capacity

JEL Classification: O13, O19, O57

Suggested Citation

Doranova, Asel and Costa, Ionara and Duysters, Geert, Absorptive Capacity in Technological Learning in Clean Development Mechanism Projects (February 26, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1949638 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1949638

Asel Doranova (Contact Author)

Technopolis Consulting Group ( email )

Brussels
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Ionara Costa

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Geert Duysters

Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) - Eindhoven Center for Innovation Studies (ECIS) ( email )

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University of Maastricht

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