Historical analysis of intra-firm capability infrastructure in aviation industry of passenger aircraft manufacturing (Case Study: Embraer, Brazil, Bombardier Canada and passenger aircraft manufacturing projects in China, Japan and Iran)

Document Type : Research Article (Original Article)


1 Associate Professor, Faculty of Management and Accounting, Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran, Iran.

2 Professor, Faculty of Management and Industrial Engineering, Malek Ashtar University of Technology, Tehran, Iran.

3 PhD candidate of Information Technology Management, Faculty of Management and Accounting, Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran, Iran.


This study seeks to identify intra-firm capability infrastructures by examining the historical trends of countries: Canada, Brazil, China, and Japan. As we look at the historical trajectory of aircraft technology acquisition in these countries and their entry into this complex field, it is clear that each of these countries first reached a threshold level of capability. In other words, they created the development capacity in their country. It was necessary to develop the capacity to build capability infrastructures. By examining the historical course of capability building in these countries and comparing them with Iran''''s capabilities in this area and analyzing them, Iran''''s technology gap with the target countries was identified. And finally, by aligning and comparing the historical trends of these countries, the necessary infrastructure at the enterprise level has been formulated as a prelude to technology catching up. It should be noted that the spectrum capability infrastructures are an extended spectrum, but we focused on firm-level capabilities in this spectrum, and filling them all is beyond the capacity of a single paper.


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