Technology-intensive suppliers as a key element for structural change in Latin America

Yonni Angel Cuero Acosta, Isabel Torres Zapata, Utz Dornberger

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The current increase of commodity prices prompts the question regarding the extent to which the growth of primary industries is used as a basis of industrial development. Empirical evidence suggests the development of Technology-Intensive Suppliers (TIS) has played an important role in the industrialization process of the Nordic countries, Canada, and Australia. The development of local TIS may contribute to both reinforcing the industrial base and supporting structural change in developing countries. Therefore, it may provide a way to advance from natural resource dependence towards knowledge-based industrial activities. The TIS products are created under tailor-made concepts, giving solutions to their customers. TIS use knowledge and customer information to create innovation. These firms enhance value chains improving customer’s competitive advantages (Dornberger & Torres, 2006). The relationship between the primary sector and its suppliers of technology can be seen as a backward linkage. Sectors with linkages of this kind use inputs from other industries (Hirschman, 1958). Hence, a fundamental goal of research in the context of developing countries is to understand the development of TIS and analysis of their improvement as a result of entrepreneurship intervention. This chapter covers the relevance of TIS firms in developing countries. TIS companies are frequently labeled as Micro-, Small-, and Medium- Sized Enterprises (MSMEs). In conclusion, the findings highlight the need to pay more attention to TIS organizations in developing economies. In Latin America, TIS firms contribute to the employment and diversification of the economic structure of the region through value-added products and services.

Idioma originalInglés estadounidense
Título de la publicación alojadaInternational Business
Subtítulo de la publicación alojadaConcepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
EditorialIGI global
Número de páginas12
ISBN (versión digital)9781466698161
ISBN (versión impresa)9781466698154
EstadoPublicada - ene. 1 2016
Publicado de forma externa

Áreas temáticas de ASJC Scopus

  • Economía, econometría y finanzas (todo)
  • Administración de Empresas y Contabilidad General


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