Title: Demonstration projects for diffusion of multifaceted technology: characterization and strategy

Authors: Warren P. McNaughton, Barry Dooley

Addresses: Daedalus Associates, Inc., Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. ' Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, CA 94303, USA

Abstract: The key factors for successful transformation of laboratory discoveries into commercial and consumer application are well-documented. However, the critical success factors for transfer of technical knowledge as represented by methods, processes and technical philosophies have not been so completely characterized. This paper explores the use of demonstration projects for the transfer of these |non-product| technologies. Recent case studies, covering two of the most important reliability issues facing the US utility industry, are examined. From these case studies, a list of key questions and strategic implications that can be applied to future technology diffusion and demonstration projects are developed.

Keywords: R&D demonstration projects; technology transfer; information transfer; R&D planning; research and development; critical success factors.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.1995.025630

International Journal of Technology Management, 1995 Vol.10 No.2/3, pp.325 - 342

Published online: 23 May 2009 *

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