The influences of specialisation and proximity on performance of intermediaries: private intermediaries in the Omani oil and gas industry

The influences of specialisation and proximity on performance of intermediaries: private intermediaries in the Omani oil and gas industry
Document type
Conference Paper
Author(s)
Shoaili, Saoud; Ramirez, Matias; Nightingale, Paul
Publisher
British Academy of Management
Date of publication
9 September 2014
Series
British Academy of Management Conference Proceedings 2014
Subject(s)
Trends: economic, social and technology trends affecting business
Collection
Business and management
Material type
Reports

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[Authors' original abstract]

This paper presents the results of an investigation into the influence of technology intermediaries in the process of technology transfer between oil firms based in developed and developing economies. We identify proximity to user/producer; specialization, technology type and the specific functions performed by technology intermediaries as key factors that influence the technology transfer process when intermediaries are present. These factors and the existence of intermediaries appear to represent a new and significant division of labour among different intermediaries along the technology transfer process.

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