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Kirit Vaidya

Economics and Strategy Group

Kirit Vaidya

Kirit is an economist by training and has combined teaching and research at Aston Business School with numerous consultancy and research assignments in some 20 countries for international and national development and aid organisations (including Asian Development Bank, DFID, European Commission, ILO, UNDP, UNIDO and the World Bank.

Position: Senior Lecturer
Phone:+44(0)121 204 3263
Email: k.g.vaidya@aston.ac.uk
Room: SW1012
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B.Soc.Sc.(Economics, Politics, Sociology), University of Birmingham.

Specialisation in Economics, Quantitative Methods and Economic Development.

Awarded the Faculty Plender Prize.

  • 2006 – date: Senior Lecturer in Business Economics, Aston Business School, Aston University.
  • 1972 – 2006: Lecturer in Business Economics, Aston Business School, Aston University.

Current research

  • Technology transfer and industrial development (with special reference to China)
  • Technology-based collaborations between foreign and Chinese firms
  • Capability development of Chinese industrial enterprises as latecomers
  • Public works programmes in developing countries, wage rates, labour supply, asset creation and social protection.

Past areas of research

  • China’s high-tech revealed comparative advantage
  • Value of rural traveller’s time savings in low-income countries
  • Economics of labour intensive public works programmes in developing countriess
  • Energy economics

Most recent completed funded research project: Valuing rural travel time savings in LDCs (DFID Knowledge and Research).

Supervision of 5 PhD students to completion, currently supervising 2 students.

Available to supervise PhDs and DBAs especially on latecomer strategies of emerging economy companies.

FRSA (Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts)

Selected Articles

  • Bennett D J, Liu X, Parker D, Steward H F and Vaidya K G (2001) “Technology transfer to China: A study of strategy in 20 EU industrial companies”, International Journal of Technology Management, Vol 21, Nos. 1 / 2.
  • Liu X, Parker D, Vaidya K G and Wei Y (2001) “Impact of foreign direct investment on labour productivity in the Chinese electronic industry” International Business Review, Vol 10, pp 421-439.
  •  Bennett D J, Vaidya K G, Zhao H and Brittan S (2002) “International technology transfer and collaborative new product development: evidence and a case from the machine tool industry” International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation, Vol 1, Nos. 1 / 2.
  • Bennett D J and Vaidya K G (2005) “Meeting technology needs of enterprises for national competitiveness” International Journal of Technology Management, Vol 32, Nos. 1 / 2.
  • Vaidya K G, Bennett D J and Xiaming Liu (2007) “Is China’s manufacturing sector becoming more high-tech? Evidence on shifts in comparative advantage, 1987-2005” Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol 18, No 8.
  • Thomas, E and Vaidya K (2009) “National system of innovation and technological learning: An integrated framework for understanding technological capability development in the Russian forestry sector” International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, Vol 2, No 4.

Selected Papers

  • Bennett D J and Vaidya K G (2001) “Meeting technology needs of enterprises for national competitiveness” Management of Technology: Selected Discussion Papers presented at the Vienna Global Forum,UNIDO, Vienna, 29-30 May.

 

  • Zhang Gang, Bennett D J and Vaidya K (2001) “From Transferred Technology to Technological Capability: A Framework for examining the Acquisition of Technological Capability by Chinese Enterprises” in Global Integration: Symposium Proceedings of the 6th Research Symposium on International Manufacturing, University of Cambridge, 9-11 September, University of Cambridge: Cambridge, pp 186-195.
  • K Vaidya and F Ahmed (2004) “A practical methodology for identifying poor and non-poor travellers in roadside surveys and defining poverty thresholds” in Proceedings of the 10th World Conference on Transport Research, 4th – 8th July, Istanbul 
  • F Ahmed and K Vaidya (2004) “The valuation of travel time savings in Least Developed Countries: Theoretical and empirical challenges and results from a field study” in Proceedings of the 10th World Conference on Transport Research, 4th – 8th July, Istanbul
  • David Bennett, Matthew Hall, He Jinsheng, Kirit Vaidya and Wang Xing Ming (2006) “The reality of transferring technology to China: What has been learned after 15 years?” Paper presented at the IAMOT Conference, Tsinghua University, April, Beijing.
  • Ahmed F, Vaidya K G and Wardman M (2007) “Rural travellers’ time savings in developing countries: Can they be measured and do they matter? (#1644)” Paper presented at 11th World Conference on Transport Research, University of California Berkeley, 24th – 28th June.
  • Vaidya K G, Ahmed F and Wattam M (2007) “Socio-economic investigations for rural value of time studies in developing countries: Combining qualitative and quantitative methods(#1646)” Paper presented at 11th World Conference on Transport Research, University of California Berkeley, 24th – 28th June.
  • Vaidya K G and Ahmed F (2007) “Quantification of demand for an employment guarantee under South Africa’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP): Estimating the labour supply response under rationing”, paper presented at “Prioritising Employment Creation in government Policies and Investments in Infrastructure Programmes”, ILO 12th Regional Seminar for Labour-Based Practitioners, 8th – 12th October 2007, Durban, South Africa
  • Thomas E and Vaidya K G (2008) “Technological learning, capability accumulation and national system of innovation: Catch-up model for Russia’s forestry sector”, paper presented at IAMOT 2008 (17th International Conference on the Management of Technology), 6th-10th April 2008, Dubai

Selected Reports

  • Vaidya, K G and P Thusanasorn (2004) Review of Rural Road Maintenance in Lao PDR: Current Status, Issues and Options, for ILO ASIST AP and Ministry of Communication, Transport, Post and Construction, Lao P.D.R., June.
  • Ahmed, F, Flanary R, Vaidya, K G, Wardman, M and Wattam, M (2005) How to Manual: The valuation of rural travel time savings in Least Developed Countries (LDCs), IT Transport Ltd, July.
  • Ahmed F, Vaidya K G, Flanary R, Wardman, M and Wattam, M (2005) The Value of Time in Least Developed Countries: The African studies, Knowledge and Research (KaR) 2000/01 DFID Research No. R8307, Final Report to DFID, July.
  • Vaidya K G and Ahmed F (2007) Quantification of demand for the South Africa EPWP (Expanded Public Works Programme), IT Transport REPORT 06184/2, for Shisaka.
  • Vaidya K G and Abedin M (2007) Public works programmes in Indonesia: Padat Karya in response to the 1997/8 financial crisis, IT Transport’s component of the Mid Term Review of the South African Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), undertaken by the Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa.
  • Vaidya K G and Jehangir Khan F (2008) ILO in the One UN Programme in Pakistan: MDGs and Decent Work oriented strategies and programmes, for ILO Office in Pakistan, Islamabad.
  • Vaidya K G and Ahmed F (2008) Using the labour supply model for the expanded public works programme: manual, ITT, for Shisaka, South Africa.
  • Vaidya K G (2008) Appropriate wage rate and related issues for employment intensive public works programmes in Timor Leste, for ILO ASIST-AP and Government of Timor Leste.
  • Vaidya K G (2010) Appropriate wage rate and estimate of labour availability for a public works based safety net in Cambodia, ILO ASIST-AP.
  • Vaidya K G, Regmi P and Ghirime B (2010) Appraisal of the Karnali Employment Programme in Nepal as a regional social protection scheme, for ILO Office in Nepal. 

 

Work in Progress

  • Capability development of Chinese state owned enterprises as latecomers.
  • Wage rates and labour supply response for public works programmes in developing countries. 

 

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