Title: Technology transfer and regional economic growth issues

Authors: Robert Premus, Ravi Jain

Addresses: Wright State University, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Dayton, OH 45435, USA. ' University of the Pacific, 3601 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA 95211, USA

Abstract: This paper explores the potential of technology transfer policy as a stimulus for regional economic development. It provides information relating to university research activities and the resulting productivity growth rates in national and regional economies. Problems and barriers encountered in managing the transfer of government and university technology across organisational boundaries are addressed. The role of the US Government laboratory system, however, as a source of new technologies for regional and national growth, needs to receive more attention in scholarly literature. Endogenous growth theory and knowledge spillovers, regional technology transfer issues and technology transfer process are discussed in the paper. A survey and case studies relating to technology transfer from government laboratories are also presented.

Keywords: technology transfer; innovation; regional growth; technology spillovers; cluster analysis; regional technology policy; economic growth; university research; productivity growth; government laboratories; USA; United States.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTTC.2005.006362

International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation, 2005 Vol.4 No.3, pp.302 - 317

Published online: 24 Feb 2005 *

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