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Title: Institutional sources transforming crises into a springboard for innovations
Keywords: co-evolutionary development; Singapore water industry
Issue Date: 5-Jul-2011
Citation: CHEW YEN CHENG MICHELE (2011-07-05). Institutional sources transforming crises into a springboard for innovations. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This PhD research attempts an in-depth analysis on Singapore?s strategy in transforming its vulnerability in water into a springboard for new innovations. Using NEWater as the innovative solution to achieving the nation?s vision of being self-sufficient in water, the transformation process of achieving growth and sustainability is mapped out. The initial stage of growth was dependent on imported capabilities (comprising technologies and human capabilities). As local firms collaborated with overseas partners in projects, learning occurred. The learning was absorbed and assimilated, leading to the development of indigenous capabilities (technologies and human capabilities). These indigenous capabilities developed were later exported by local companies via projects secured in overseas markets. This internationalization activity triggered further innovation among the leaders (innovators) and the followers (imitators). The dynamic relationship between the innovation and institutional factors is the essence of the co-evolutionary acclimatization stage, the final stage of the growth framework.
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