A research proposal for investigating the effect of foreign direct investments on technology transfer in the Arabian Gulf (GCC)

Kaher Tahat, Susan Whelan

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Abstract

In terms of hosting countries perspectives, Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) could have a positive effect on its developing economy, by transferring, both: resources of finance in addition to the international technology (ITT) (Choi, 1997). Multinational companies (MNC) are engaging in the transferring of the new technology, internally as well as licensing older one; they create "Spillover" (Knowledge) for facilitating the transfer of ITT in line with geographical location, period of investment, and the type of industry. Furthermore, the effect of these spillovers depends on the level of transferring this knowledge based on FDI attraction policies of the host country (Huang, 2009). Considering the Arabian Gulf council countries (GCC) as "FDI-rich hosting countries", who are not seeking for financial resources, i.e., they already have a huge financial capacity for funding their different projects, even though FDI has been powerfully presented in GCC. They saw noticeable increases in FDI inflows beginning in 2002, (www.unctad.org.fdistatistics). Therefore by assumption, FDI inflows to GCC could positively affect their economic growth through transferring the advanced technology, in order to build up their level of technology (productivity growth) as well as their economic diversification strategy. If so how this Knowledge could be diffused and measured in order to maximize its benefit and enhancing the productivity growth, and what is the current status of (GCC).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Integrated Information, IC-ININFO 2014 - Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Integrated Information
EditorsGeorgios Giannakopoulos, Daphne Kyriaki-Manessi, Damianos P. Sakas
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics
Pages193-198
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780735412835
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event4th International Conference on Integrated Information, IC-ININFO 2014 - Madrid, Spain
Duration: 05 Sep 201408 Sep 2014

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
Volume1644
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616

Conference

Conference4th International Conference on Integrated Information, IC-ININFO 2014
Country/TerritorySpain
CityMadrid
Period05/09/201408/09/2014

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