Journal of technology management & innovation
On-line version ISSN 0718-2724
LAVARELLO, Pablo; GUTMAN, Graciela and FILIPETTO, Sonia. Biotecnología en la Industria Vitivinícola en Argentina: ¿Nuevas Modalidades de Innovación en una Actividad Tradicional?. Journal of Technology Management & Innovation [online]. 2011, vol.6, n.2, pp. 176-188. ISSN 0718-2724. http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-27242011000200012.
This work analyses the responses of the Argentine's Wine Industry face to the opportunities open by modern biotechnology. Since liberalization policies, Foreign Direct Investment and newcomers have reinforced competition, encouraging product differentiation strategies and innovation efforts in products and processes. At the industrial level, innovation in fermentation processes has been traditionally driven by technology incorporated into equipment and, more recently, by the adoption of new commercial yeast and enzymes developments. This paper discusses the effects of these strategy changes over wine firms knowledge base and the role played by food ingredients firms and local Science and Technology infrastructure in biotechnology adoption.
Keywords : Wine industries; technology trajectories; biotechnology; supplier-user learning processes; technology sourcing.