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Starting to close the communication gap in  Technology transfer to the PRC
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Title: “Starting to close the communication gap in technology transfer to the PRC”

Level: Final assignment for Master Degree in Business Administration

Author: Jiani Yang,  Zhouni Lin

Supervisor: Ernst HOLLANDER

Examiner:  Akmal HYDER

Date: 2012-May

Purpose — We have double purpose of promoting SME’s involvement in PRC’s development and technology transfer for sustainability in this research. From the double perspective of Chinese business economics and long run cooperation with Swedish enterprises, we investigate and analysis the main problems faced by SMEs when taking technology transfer to China.  By doing this to help SMEs to overcome the barriers during technology transfer and promote the international technology transfer cooperation in the long run, as well as appeal technology transfer agencies to adopt a holistic approach to help SMEs to plan and implement technology transfer projects effectively and sustainably.

Design/methodology/approach — We use the technology transfer project in China’s sewage market as our research case to illustrate our research problems. The discussion is based on the existing literatures regarding technology transfer, former researches and authentic cases about technology transfer to China, and interviews with relevant people.

Findings — The findings indicates there is huge potential business opportunities in China’s sewage treatment market. Information transparency plays a critical role to foster the cooperation between transferor and transfers, as well as promoting SME’s involvement in China. Get directly to the leader taking the decisions is one effective way to get access to China’s market in short term. Communication gap becomes one of the main concerns for SMEs when taking technology transfer to China. In mid-term, organize workshop, get to learn with the local employee, promote the understanding between each other; get to the person who is capable to understand the technology and its effect is necessary; For the long run cooperation, technology transfer process transparency needs to be improved.

Originality/value — This paper is of value through draw out the fact of common problems of taking technology transfer to China’s sewage market and analysis the reason. Transparency problem during the technology transfer process is drawn and analyzed.  Key points for accessing China’s market by SMEs are produced. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 64 p.
Keyword [en]
Technology transfer, Culture distance, Whispering game, authoritarian heritage, transparency, China, Sweden, Sewage treatment, Communication gap, vertical contact, horizontal contact
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-12512Archive number: E3BA:DiVA 50/2012OAI: diva2:542552
Subject / course
Business administration
Educational program
Business administration – master’s programme (one year)
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-09-17 Created: 2012-08-02 Last updated: 2012-09-26Bibliographically approved

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