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What is Defense Industry

Handbook of Research on Driving Competitive Advantage through Sustainable, Lean, and Disruptive Innovation
Public organization and private firms involved in research, development, production, and service of military materiel, equipment and facilities.
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International R&D Collaboration in High Tech: The Challenges of Jet Fighter Development Partnerships in Emerging Economies
Solmaz Filiz Karabag (Linkoping University, Sweden) and Christian Berggren (Linkoping University, Sweden)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0135-0.ch019
This chapter seeks the answers to the following research question: Which are the challenges related to high tech R&D collaboration involving firms both from established and emerging economies? To answer this question, the Turkish jet fighter program is used as a case study. The study shows the chances to succeed are highly uncertain in this sector dominated by USA. Although Turkey acquired some level of R&D capability in previous defense R&D programs, the complexity of jet fighter development poses new challenges. Previous experiences indicate that technical capabilities are not sufficient, equally important is the formation of management capabilities. During the pre-development (concept) phase, Turkey chose to collaborate with Swedish Saab. The chapter discusses several challenges in this type of collaboration for a full-scale jet fighter development program. These challenges concern intra- as well as inter-organizational management, the organization of the technical development projects, and the design of appropriate industry governance structures.
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Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship as Innovation Source in the Defense Industry and Military
The defense industry is an important layer of industrialization within the scope of the ecosystem. It can also be expressed as one of the most effective power factors of political and economic power.
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FDI Liberalization in Defense Industry and the Question of Self-Reliance in India
The defense industry is a strategically important sector in India. It is world’s third largest military force and over 1.3 million active personal. The ordnance factories and the defense public sector units produce a wide range of equipment starting from weapons, ammunition, electrical and electronic equipment, aircrafts, ships, vehicles, clothing, and even food items.
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