The Eastern European Latecomer Firm and Technology Transfer:From ‘Muddling Through’ to ‘Catching Up’

  • Slavo Radosevic
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSPS, volume 3)


The ability of Eastern Europe to ‘catch up’ crucially depends on their enterprises ’ active approach to technology transfer (TT). Transfer should include mainly intangible assets, such as quality, organization, software and marketing as these are the most deficient assets. The use of TT as mechanism of firm restructuring is central to the ‘catching up’ process. The lessons learned by the South-East Asian countries about ‘catching up’ have some relevance for Eastern Europe. However, history never repeats itself in the same way and the external conditions for this process have changed significantly. The new context of the liberalized and globalized economy within which firms must restructure and gain access to technology and markets poses more uncertainties than answers.


Foreign Direct Investment Technology Transfer Foreign Market Negative Externality Intangible Asset 
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  • Slavo Radosevic
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  1. 1.SPRU, University of SussexUnited Kingdom

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