Technology Transfer: Geographic, Economic, Cultural, and Technical Dimensions

Technology Transfer: Geographic, Economic, Cultural, and Technical Dimensions

Technology Transfer: Geographic, Economic, Cultural, and Technical Dimensions

Technology Transfer: Geographic, Economic, Cultural, and Technical Dimensions


This book identifies the factors--geographic, economic, cultural, and technical--that must be considered if technology transfer is to be effective. Samli and his contributors emphasize cultural barriers as the greatest challenge to a successful transfer. They advance an all important principle, that of congruence among the sender, the technology, and the receiver. Among the questions the book answers are: What sender strategies are most successful in technology transfer? What technologies should have higher priorities and how should these be established? What are the cultural barriers to technology transfer? What are the institutional instruments of technology transfer and how do they proceed in transfer activities? How should the process of technology transfer and its aftermath be monitored? Sixteen essays, written by scientists, economists, and marketing specialists, answer each of these and many other questions about technology transfer.


Technology transfer represents the single most important hope of alleviating the ever widening gap between the haves and have-nots in the world. It may provide an accelerated and long-lasting growth for the world's poor nations. Similarly, by encouraging technology transfer among the rich nations, mutual understanding and peaceful co-existence among nations may result. It is hoped that this book will make a significant contribution in both of these extremely critical issues.

However important the present status of technology is, it will be far more crucial in the future. During the coming two decades or so, the nations of the world will experience tremendous amounts of technology transfer. If these transfer processes are successful, the world will become a better place to live in and a safer place than before. Thus, technology transfer is the viable alternative to war and poverty, and we all must do our part to sustain it and to make it more successful.

I am grateful to Lynn Taylor, the Quorum Books editor at Greenwood Press, for suggesting that I put this book together. We called it a handbook because by exploring the lesser known aspects of technology transfer, it will facilitate successful transfer of technology throughout the world.

Many people were extremely helpful in this project. First and foremost to the contributors to this volume go my deepest gratitude. They worked extremely diligently and produced chapters that will make a considerable contribution to the theory and practice of technology transfer.

My assistants, David Randall and Jennifer Helm, were very helpful in searching for basic information and key references. Our secretaries Becky Glick, Wanda Belcher, and Janice Blevins were always available and rose to the challenge of reading my sometimes totally illegible handwriting. My colleagues in the Department of Marketing, through their reactions to my seminars relating to technology transfer, made a profound impact on my thinking.

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