Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication Date


Publication Title

Proceedings of the 2012 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference



Conference Name

62nd IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2012, May 19-23, 2012, Orlando, Florida


Technology transfer and knowledge transfer are the building blocks for innovation, efficiency and increased competitiveness. The topic of technology transfer in the context of multinational companies has been the focus of technology management researchers for well over two decades. Developing countries housing twin plans have been exposed to technology transfer from very diverse countries with different approaches to the technology transfer process and different levels of success. This cultural and national diversity adds an additional level of complexity to the technology transfer domain that has been largely unexplored. This paper will explore critical factors that had an impact in successful transfer of manufacturing technology to twin plants or maquiladoras. The study included data from 12 plants in the state of Yucatan, Mexico with corporate headquarters in the US and Italy.


© 2012 Institute of Industrial Engineers (Now Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers). All rights reserved.

Included with the kind written permission of the copyright holder.


0000-0003-4348-7798 (Pazos)

Original Publication Citation

Canto, A. M., Blanco, C., & Pazos, P. (2012). Factors impacting technology transfer: The maquiladora industry in Yucatan, Mexico. In G. Lim & J. W. Herrmann (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2012 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (pp. 3734-3742). Institute of Industrial Engineers.