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Investigating the lateral migration of technology in a resource-based economy: conceptual and methodological issues from a study of the Australian mining sector

Conference Paper


Abstract


  • Lateral migration of technology occurs when the knowledge base of a resource sector and its associated capital goods and services are applied in other sectors, not linked to resource exploitation. Lorentzen and Pogue (2009) and Jourdan, (2010) have proposed that this is most likely to occur when there is: a significant market demand from primary producers; local opportunity to test and commission new technologies; a cluster of firms that can support each other and cross fertilize ideas; and a strong base of R&D. In order to investigate these propositions there is a need for a robust methodology to identify the pathways along which such technology migration occurs and the ways it is facilitated or inhibited. This paper will report on a conceptual and methodological approach to investigate lateral migration of technology from the mining and energy sector in Australia. First, an econometric analysis is used to measure the extent of lateral migration of mining and energy technologies using patent, trade and input-output data sets to provide a quantitative account of which technologies are more successful than others in migrating into other sectors. Second we use a case study approach to investigate the processes that inhibit or facilitate lateral migration

UOW Authors


  •   Turpin, Tim (external author)
  •   Tan, Hao (external author)
  •   Toner, Phil (external author)
  •   Garrett-Jones, Sam E.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Turpin, T., Tan, H., Toner, P. & Garrett-Jones, S. (2011). Investigating the lateral migration of technology in a resource-based economy: conceptual and methodological issues from a study of the Australian mining sector. Technology Transfer Society (T2S) Conference: Technology Transfer in a Global Economy Bavaria, Germany: University of Augsburg.

Place Of Publication


  • Bavaria, Germany

Abstract


  • Lateral migration of technology occurs when the knowledge base of a resource sector and its associated capital goods and services are applied in other sectors, not linked to resource exploitation. Lorentzen and Pogue (2009) and Jourdan, (2010) have proposed that this is most likely to occur when there is: a significant market demand from primary producers; local opportunity to test and commission new technologies; a cluster of firms that can support each other and cross fertilize ideas; and a strong base of R&D. In order to investigate these propositions there is a need for a robust methodology to identify the pathways along which such technology migration occurs and the ways it is facilitated or inhibited. This paper will report on a conceptual and methodological approach to investigate lateral migration of technology from the mining and energy sector in Australia. First, an econometric analysis is used to measure the extent of lateral migration of mining and energy technologies using patent, trade and input-output data sets to provide a quantitative account of which technologies are more successful than others in migrating into other sectors. Second we use a case study approach to investigate the processes that inhibit or facilitate lateral migration

UOW Authors


  •   Turpin, Tim (external author)
  •   Tan, Hao (external author)
  •   Toner, Phil (external author)
  •   Garrett-Jones, Sam E.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Turpin, T., Tan, H., Toner, P. & Garrett-Jones, S. (2011). Investigating the lateral migration of technology in a resource-based economy: conceptual and methodological issues from a study of the Australian mining sector. Technology Transfer Society (T2S) Conference: Technology Transfer in a Global Economy Bavaria, Germany: University of Augsburg.

Place Of Publication


  • Bavaria, Germany