IJIMT 2017 Vol.8(4): 249-260 ISSN: 2010-0248
doi: 10.18178/ijimt.2017.8.4.737

A Technology Transfer Framework: A Case Study from the Energy Sector

Joao R. Lavoie, Jisun Kim, and Tugrul U. Daim
Abstract— The technology transfer concept is not consensual throughout the literature and encompasses several different facets and nuances. In spite of the apparent confusion regarding its definition, researchers and practitioners are unanimous when it comes to its importance – especially for organizations that depend on technological development. The literature has brought a myriad of taxonomies, frameworks and guides trying to make sense and formalize the transfer process. However, few are the real cases analyzed in the current body of knowledge. This paper brings a case from an organization that is trying to overcome the obstacles of technology transfer by creating its own framework. The framework – still in its preliminary form – is presented and analyzed, its reasoning, components and criteria are depicted and discussed, and its limitations and future directions are pointed out. This paper contributes to the literature by enriching the body of knowledge with a real-life case and contributes to the practice by informing technology managers of how an organization is dealing with its R&D management and technology transfer issues.

Index Terms— Energy, R&D management, technology management, technology transfer.

J. R. Lavoie is with the Engineering and Technology Management Dept., Portland State University, Portland, USA (e-mail: jlavoie@pdx.edu). J. Kim is with the Engineering and Technology Management Dept., Portland State University and the Bonneville Power Administration, Portland, USA (e-mail: jxkim@bpa.gov). T. U. Daim is with the Engineering and Technology Management Dept., Portland State University, Portland, USA (e-mail: ji2td@pdx.edu).

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Cite: Joao R. Lavoie, Jisun Kim, and Tugrul U. Daim, " A Technology Transfer Framework: A Case Study from the Energy Sector," International Journal of Innovation, Management and Technology vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 249-260, 2017.

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