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International transfer of climate technologies: Which factors influence the firm's choice of transfer channel?

Jan Peuckert (), Cleo Schmid and Carsten Gandenberger

No S9/2015, Working Papers "Sustainability and Innovation" from Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI)

Abstract: Based on a survey among German climate technology companies, we analyse how characteristics of the technology and organization-specific resources influence the channel chosen for transferring climate technologies to other countries. We employ a multi-step method that combines factor analysis and hierarchical logistic regression. Our results suggest that organizations tend to choose hierarchical modes of transfer with increasing relevance of firm-internal capabilities. The most significant empirical link exists between the complexity of the relevant technology and the observed mode of transfer. A high degree of technological complexity tends to increase the likelihood of internal transfers, which is consistent with the assumption that the transfer of tacit knowledge requires a higher amount of personal communication between donor and recipient.

Keywords: International Technology Transfer; Climate Technology; Transfer Channel; Tacit Knowledge; Transaction Costs Economics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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