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Reverse Engineering as a channel for Technology Transfer: Metal and Engineering Industries in Ethiopia

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dc.contributor.advisor Gulelat, Gatew (Mr.)
dc.contributor.author Ermias, Tesfaye
dc.date.accessioned 2021-01-13T09:52:54Z
dc.date.available 2021-01-13T09:52:54Z
dc.date.issued 2011-10
dc.identifier.uri http://etd.aau.edu.et/handle/123456789/24647
dc.description.abstract The process of duplicating an existing part, subassembly, or product without drawings, documentation, or a computer model is known as reverse engineering. Reverse engineering is non-market channel of technology transfer. Through this, technology adaptation, adoption and capability can be built. Currently, the government of Ethiopia is working on import substitution and tries to minimize the spare parts, equipment and machineries requirement of the leather, textile, food processing, construction, sugar and cement processing industries by a substantial percentage. The main emphasis is due given for the success of reverse engineering. Moreover, metal and engineering sector is a leading economy of the sector. This research focuses on reverse engineering and technology transfer in metal and engineering sectors of Ethiopia. The objectives of the research is to identify the status of reverse engineering in the country, the efforts of local research and development, government policies on reverse engineering and propose a means to strengthen reverse engineering and technology transfer in the country. Using firm level survey together with the secondary data’s obtained from different research and others work, the reverse engineering and technology transfer is assessed. Accordingly, the awareness level of the firms and the undertakings of reverse engineering are significant. The available markets, technical capability and demands for adapted products using reverse engineering are also encouraging for most sectors due to the shortage of foreign currency in the country. Moreover, the research identified the major constraints of the firms not to develop the reverse engineering practice and transfer technology such as low government support which accounts 63.6% of the respondent and lack of research and development at the firm level which accounts to 81.8% of the surveyed company. The study has developed a model and proposed a solution for the successful implementation of reverse engineering and for developing research and development at the firm level. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Addis Ababa University en_US
dc.subject Technology transfer en_US
dc.subject reverse engineering en_US
dc.subject technological capability en_US
dc.subject import substitution en_US
dc.title Reverse Engineering as a channel for Technology Transfer: Metal and Engineering Industries in Ethiopia en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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