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The Complementarity between Innovation and Competences in Developing Countries

By Watu Wamae | August 2006

ABSTRACT

This paper proposes an analysis of the importance of supporting technical competence building with domestic innovation in developing countries. Preliminary findings of the analysis indicate that the complementarity between domestic innovative activities and technical competence building plays a significant role in the technological dynamism of developing countries. In particular, the theoretical analysis reveals that domestic innovative activities are crucial for the retention of technical competences, in addition to supporting their creation and development. Nonetheless, we note that while useful in unravelling the complementarity aspects of innovation and competence development, the theoretical analysis requires empirical support for a more solid projection on the understanding of structural and technical change.

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