Technology Leapfrogging: Findings from Singapore's Water Industry


  • Michele Y.C. Chew National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Chihiro Watanabe Tokyo Seitoku University, Japan
  • Yuji Tou Niigata University, Japan



Water Industry, Public Private Partnership, Global Hydrohub, Goverment stimulation, Singapore strategy, Water Treatment


This paper illustrates Singapore’s strategy in catching up with global water treatment nations. Water is an important economic resource for Singapore, creating value-added jobs and stimulating research and development in various related technology trajectories. The analysis shows that from a nation lacking in competence in the water industry, Singapore has successfully transformed herself into a global hydrohub, exporting indigenous capabilities and offering consultancy for water projects. With long-term government policies and funding support for initial R&D and subsequent industry R&D inducement by means of the introduction of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) programme, Singapore has been able to build up her competence in waste water treatment. This is probably the first paper that analyses the development of the water industry in Singapore from the management of technology and policy perspectives.


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How to Cite

Chew, M. Y. ., Watanabe, C. ., & Tou, Y. . (2010). Technology Leapfrogging: Findings from Singapore’s Water Industry. Journal of Technology Management for Growing Economies, 1(2), 29–47.