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dc.contributor.advisor Jayawardane, A.K.W
dc.contributor.advisor Jayawardane, A.K.W
dc.contributor.author Assiskumar, S.
dc.contributor.author Assiskumar, S.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-03-07T06:42:25Z
dc.date.available 2011-03-07T06:42:25Z
dc.date.issued 3/7/2011
dc.identifier.uri http://dl.lib.mrt.ac.lk/theses/handle/123/235
dc.description.abstract Management issues and challenges in the 3rd millennium have been selected to emphasise the growing recognition for the importance of Technological Capabilities (TCs) in building and sustaining competitive advantage. The importance of Technological Capability Enhancement (ICE) in today's highly competitive and demanding business environment is well-accepted (Panda and Ramanatban,1996). This research is an attempt, in line with present day trends, to challenge short-term considerations like financial performances, which force the managers to take a faulty decision with respect to long-term health of any organisation. It proposes a methodology to evaluate the elements of strategic, tactical, supplementary, and steering capabilities, all of which together constitute the technological capability of a firm. A Simplified Process Model (SPM) is developed based on TCA&E framework of Panda and Ramanathan(1996) for application in Sri Lanka, with facilitated toolkit for effective implementation. The tools and echniques were classified into four stages, such as Root evel identification stage which i deniifies the value addition stages peiformed by a firm and determines the technology capability needs, Stem level exp oratory stage which explores the identified capabilities and develops indicators for assessing identified TCs, Performance level measurement s age which quantifies the explored capability elements and benchmarks them against a state- of the art firm, and finally the Strategy level prediction stage which analyses the reasons for the technological capability gap between the firms. Altogether 35 tools and techniques were reviewed and compiled at all these four stages to make the assessment a sound practice and by that making it a viable option for firms to carry out an in -house assessment with necessary external facilitation. The development of the indicators were illustrated using firms in Rubber Products Industy(RPi). a traditional and thrust industry in Sri Lanka which is having more potential for technological capability enhancement. The top 12firms in this sector were selected to discuss the value of the methodology, by analysing the importance and role of TCs in sustaining competitive advantage. The factors dentified by analysing the importance and role of TCs argued to be showing a way forward in TCE. The factors underlying TCE can be divided into ntemal and external to a firm's operation. internal factors include technology, organisation structure and strategy, and learning mechanisms covered under competitive priorities, decision factors, and technology progression path (technology strategy) of firms and so forth. External factors such as social, cultural, economic and political factors were identified and assumed to be conducive to the RPI for its categorization as a thrust industry The methodology that was proposed in this study showed a way forward for manufacturing firms to foster sustainable competitive advantage through approprite TCE activities in Sri Lanka. Key words: Technological Capabilities, Competitive Advantage, Technological Capability Assessment and Enhancement, Tools and Techniques. en_US
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dc.format.extent vii, 118p.: ill., tables en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject MANAGEMENT OF TECHNOLOGY-Thesis en_US
dc.subject INDUSTRIAL MANAGEMENT en_US
dc.subject COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE en_US
dc.subject TECHNOLOGICAL CAPABILITIES en_US
dc.title Methodologies for evaluating technological capabilities at firm level en_US
dc.type Thesis-Abstract
dc.identifier.faculty Engineering en_US
dc.identifier.degree MSc en_US
dc.identifier.department Department of Management of Technology en_US
dc.date.accept 2002-03
dc.date.accept 2002-03
dc.identifier.accno 76009 en_US


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