I found this week’s lecture to be unexpected but refreshing. (I just had not thought too much before about how a marriage of big corporations & development could be beneficial, or even possible.) Prof. Griggs’s projects were on a much larger scale than ESW’s, thus requiring much more capital, manpower, and time to complete, and were very much from a business/profit point of view, but I still found myself learning a lot from his unique perspective. Some personal take-home points:
Partnering is key. A global company can execute successful work in another country by partnering with local business and manufacturers, which not only allow for greater sustainability of a project, but also offer great insight on both the technical and cultural needs of a project. Also considering public-private partnerships.
It’s not about a technology transfer, but an exchange.