Multinational Companies, Knowledge and Technology Transfer

Turkey's Automotive Industry in Focus

  • Alper Sönmez

Part of the Contributions to Management Science book series (MANAGEMENT SC.)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Alper Sönmez
    Pages 1-8
  3. Alper Sönmez
    Pages 63-112
  4. Alper Sönmez
    Pages 113-181
  5. Alper Sönmez
    Pages 183-241
  6. Alper Sönmez
    Pages 243-291
  7. Alper Sönmez
    Pages 293-308
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 309-371

About this book


This book provides evidence on how FDI leads to knowledge and technology transfers towards domestic firms by paying attention to the role of multinational companies. The author presents a comprehensive empirical research conducted at firm-level in the Turkish automotive industry. Using a representative sample of face-to-face in-depth interviews with top-executives and a survey of top level managers of domestic suppliers, the research analyzes the existence, channels, intensity and determinants, and the kind of transfers that occur at both inter- and intra-firm level in the industry. The author contends that policies aimed at attracting FDI flows should be reexamined under the findings and insights of this study since it is a necessary – although not sufficient - condition to have an efficient absorptive capacity level and/or skilled human capital stock in order to benefit from these flows. This study has policy implications for the automotive industry as well as practical recommendations for the public institutions and top-executives in emerging country companies and multinationals in order to conceive and implement science and technology policies in supporting the knowledge transfers.


Automotive Industry Foreign Direct Investment Globalization Knowledge Transfer Multinational Companies Technology Transfer

Authors and affiliations

  • Alper Sönmez
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsMiddle East Technical University (METU)AnkaraTurkey

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Materials & Steel
Chemical Manufacturing
Finance, Business & Banking
Consumer Packaged Goods