This book, first published in 1988, considers the problems that developing countries face when importing technology from abroad. The major issues - technical, economic, political - are analysed in the case of one particular country: Korea. The book describes the negotiations with the foreign companies that controlled the desired technology, the building of the plants, the training of engineers and managers to replace expatriots, the improvements of processes and products and the maintenance of efficient and profitable production. In their research the authors were given access to information usually kept confidential - government memoranda and minutes, company contacts and records, costs and prices. The book also considers how typical of the developing countries Korea is, and the authors make certain policy recommendations for the future.
Table of Contents
1. Outline of the Study 2. Methodology 3. Economic and Technological Background 4. Case Study: the Petrochemical Industry 5. Case Study: Synthetic Fibres 6. Case Study: Machinery 7. Case Study: Iron and Steel 8. The Experience of Japan 9. Conclusion