Title: Exploring technology licensing in the South African manufacturing industry

Authors: Francois Jacobus Janse Van Vuuren, Marthinus Pretorius, Tugrul U. Daim

Addresses: Graduate School of Technology Management, University of Pretoria, Room 4-4 Engineering Building 2, Hatfield, Pretoria 0002, South Africa. ' Graduate School of Technology Management, University of Pretoria, Room 4-4 Engineering Building 2, Hatfield, Pretoria 0002, South Africa. ' Department of Engineering and Technology Management, Portland State University, Portland, OR 97201, USA

Abstract: This paper focuses on the dynamics of organisational and contextual characteristics that notionally determine licensing activities. We describe an attempt, through theory-based empirical research, to probe the causal relationship between several notionally postulated drivers of technology licensing and actual practice of South African manufacturing companies. The description includes the positing of these drivers; records of how respondents to a questionnaire were invited to self-rank their position; and the relationships found between such ranks and licensing activities. Several aspects for further investigation are identified.

Keywords: technology licensing; manufacturing industry; organisational behaviour; strategy; South Africa.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTTC.2011.039131

International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation, 2011 Vol.10 No.2, pp.152 - 167

Published online: 18 Mar 2011 *

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