Title: Exploring the influence of technology size on the duration of production technology transfer implementation

Authors: Harm-Jan Steenhuis, Erik J. De Bruijn

Addresses: Eastern Washington University, College of Business and Public Administration, 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd. Suite A, Room 359, Spokane, WA 99202-1660, USA. ' University of Twente, School of Business, Public Administration and Technology, Technology and Development Group, PO Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands

Abstract: This study explores the relationship between technology size and installation time in technology transfer projects. A literature study revealed that the installation time has so far not received much attention. Current studies address the effectiveness of technology transfer rather than efficiency. In addition, and as a consequence of the effectiveness approach, technology size had not been particularly identified as a major variable in technology transfer. Case studies carried out in the aircraft industry showed that technology size in fact is a key factor in the installation period. Based on these studies a model for measuring technology size has been developed. A case study methodology was selected for this study in order to obtain in-depth data.

Keywords: aircraft industry; international technology transfer; technology management; technology size; installation time; technology transfer efficiency; technology installation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTTC.2005.006103

International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation, 2005 Vol.4 No.2, pp.172 - 193

Published online: 04 Feb 2005 *

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