How can companies in emerging markets acquire new technology?

In a blogpost on the World Economic Forum's Agenda website, Dan Ciuriak and Derk Bienen discuss three alternative modes of how developing countries can acquire technology: “build” (developing new technology in-house), “borrow” (attracting FDI), and “buy” (buying technology). The authors suggest that the third mode constitutes an alternative to the mainstream "build" and "borrow" modes worthwhile to be considered by policy-makers in developing countries, and provide some recommendations for its implementation.