ERIC Number: ED385214
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
Benchmarking Best Practices in Technology Transfer. Final Report.
Anderson, Lawrence K.; Gurney, Brian D.
Effective technology transfer requires addressing several complexities that arise repeatedly in the vast majority of technology transfer projects. One of the objectives of this study was to define common issues/pitfalls/concerns among the various entities in the technology community and to allow them to express their views and opinions on how best to address specific issues. This final report is organized as follows: The first section consists of a reprint of the paper, "Benchmarking Best Practices in Technology Transfer," (Brian Gurney and Lawrence K. Anderson) which was presented at the 1993 annual meeting of the Technology Transfer Society, and which can serve as an executive summary for this report. The second section consists of a reprint of the survey instrument through which experts were asked to rate and comment on candidate best practices. The third section is a set of charts and commentary for a selected set of the candidate best practices--in general those that turned out to be the most controversial or for which the results were unexpected. Survey responses are divided into universities, federal laboratories, intermediaries, small companies, and large companies. The final section consists of a short set of brief final conclusions, based primarily on the survey results. It was discovered that in the following areas there was a considerable difference between what common wisdom prescribes and what is being done by actual practitioners: keeping it simple, technical audits, the role of intermediaries, and support for technology transfer. (MAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Economic Development Administration (DOC), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Colorado Advanced Tech. Inst., Denver.