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Uneven (and Divergent) Technological Accumulation Among Advanced Countries: Evidence and a Framework of Explanation *

Parimal Patel and Keith Pavitt

in Technology, Organization, and Competitiveness

Published in print March 1998 | ISBN: 9780198290964
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596162 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198290969.003.0009
 Uneven (and Divergent) Technological Accumulation Among Advanced Countries: Evidence and a Framework of Explanation *

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Evidence is presented for the advanced OECD countries of uneven and divergent patterns of technological accumulation and the persistence of technology gaps. It is shown that ‘global’ firms will not smooth out the differences, since their technological activities are strongly influenced by conditions in their own countries. Possible causes of uneven development are discussed, and it is suggested that – in addition to diversity in cumulative technological trajectories – the divergent patterns reflect international differences in the capacities of management, financial, and training institutions properly to evaluate – and exploit – the learning benefits of technological investments. For these reasons, it is concluded that technological gaps among the advanced OECD countries are here to stay.

Keywords: divergent technological accumulation; effect of global firms; international differences; OECD countries; technological accumulation; technology gaps; uneven development; uneven technological accumulation

Chapter.  10336 words. 

Subjects: Microeconomics

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