When the JAS Gripen business with Brazil was finished in September, one of the conditions was that technology transfer to Brazilian industries would be included. The agreement between LiU and Saab is linked to this. In the first place, the technology transfer involves the Brazilian aviation company Embraer – which produces civilian planes – being given access to the technical knowledge regarding how the JAS Gripen fighter plan is produced.
“There are already some 40 Brazilian engineers on site in Linköping. We also have several doctoral students and master’s students in our division,” says Christian Berggren, professor of Industrial Management, who together with Senior Lecturer Solmaz Filiz Karabag is responsible for the project at the Department of Management and Engineering (IEI).
Apart from technology and knowledge transfer as regards the Gripen, other processes that concern business activity will be studied.
“We are studying things such as expectations, trust, openness and confidence among the participants on both sides. We want to see how things like these are created and how they develop. Previous research shows that these types of processes are important for good long-term collaboration. We can now produce valuable knowledge to use in our research and education, and contribute to in the collaboration programme,” Professor Berggren points out.
Vinnova, the state-owned innovation agency, is funding the research project.
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