ERIC Number: ED181875
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Person to Person Communication Networks in the Dissemination of Industrial Technology.
Allen, Thomas J.
The results of research studying the operation of person-to-person communication networks in the transfer of industrial technology are reviewed in this paper with a special view toward their applicability in the educational sector. First, the process of importing technology into a social system is examined; then inter-organizational relations are considered. Topics covered include (1) direct personal contact outside of the organization, (2) the technological gatekeeper and communication outside of the organization, (3) some limits to the gatekeeper concept, (4) limitations on the applicability of the gatekeeper concept, (5) the gatekeeper and educational technology, (6) gatekeepers and opinion leaders, (7) the centralized research institute, (8) the Irish system (where the government takes extra steps to support research institutes for the development of technology for industry), (9) the development of communication bonds, (10) domestic contacts, (11) influencing the structure of networks, and (12) user-supplier relations in the innovative process. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. School Capacity for Problem Solving Group. Network Development Div.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Gatekeepers; MIT Sloan School of Management Research Program
Note: Paper prepared for the Network Development Staff, School Capacity for Problem Solving Group, National Institute of Education (Washington, DC, March 16-17, 1977); For related documents, see IR 007 659, IR 007 663-666, IR 007 671 and IR 007 691