Journal of International Business Studies

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 5–21

Key Characteristics in the Choice of International Technology Transfer Mode

Authors

  • W. H. Davidson
    • University of Virginia
  • Donald G. McFetridge
    • Carleton University
Article

DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.jibs.8490448

Cite this article as:
Davidson, W. & McFetridge, D. J Int Bus Stud (1985) 16: 5. doi:10.1057/palgrave.jibs.8490448

Abstract

The choice between licensing and direct investment as a vehicle for international technology transfer is hypothesized to be related to characteristics of the individual technology, parent corporation, and the host country involved in the transfer. A set of hypotheses regarding these relationships are developed and tested in a logit statistical model for a sample of 1,226 technology transfers. We find that hypotheses regarding the effects of technology and parents characteristics are strongly supported by this analysis; hypotheses regarding the effect of host country characteristics on transfer patterns receive mixed support.

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