Technology transfer and absorption: An R&D value mapping approach
Evaluating technology transfer outcomes from government supported research, development and demonstration (RD & D) projects is complicated by the variety of paths through which technology can move from producer(s) to user(s). Using a set of 31 cases studies of RD&D projects the processes of technology transfer and ‘technology absorption’ are examined. Technology transfer is the use by a party external to the project of the technology or technical information outputs. Technology absorption is defined as the use by contractors, sub-contractors or co-sponsors participating in the RD&D project. This is a rarely studied phenomenon but one especially important for technology policies.
Kingsley, G, Bozeman, B. & Coker, K. (1996). Technology transfer and absorption: An R&D value mapping approach. Research Policy, 25, 967-995.