Dilemma when international technology transfer involves skilled-worker training

Coverbild: BWP 6/2014
Ausgabe/Jahr (Jahrgang) 6/2014 (43)
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When complex technologies are sold to foreign companies, training of the local skilled workforce is crucial. For the engineers assigned to train the foreign skilled workers and familiarise them with new technologies, this poses a dilemma: they need to pass on highly specialised technical knowledge without divulging trade secrets. A study commissioned at ENSTA Bretagne describes this dilemma and specifies requirements for the training of engineers deployed as trainers so that they are better equipped to pull off this balancing act.