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The extent of the takeoff time in the technology adoption: an international study of the effects of national attributes

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-304
JournalInternational Journal of Technology Intelligence and Planning
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


The earlier research has attested that the dynamics of the national technology adoption is dependent on various national attributes like economic and political conditions, and cultural attributes. However, the influence of these attributes on the dynamics of the adoption is still under debate and the takeoff point, i.e. the start of the rapid growth phase in the dynamics has only recently received attention in the literature. This paper investigates the effects of cultural, population, and wealth attributes on the extent of the takeoff time. Our research studies five different technologies involving 214 national time series. Practical results from the study suggest that companies can expect the takeoff to occur faster in countries that are more equal, individualistic, future oriented, and wealthy. Future research implications and possible avenues are also discussed.

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