Title: An empirical study on factors influencing technology transfer using structural equation modelling

Authors: Mehri Chehrehpak; Alireza Alizadeh; Salman Nazari-Shirkouhi

Addresses: Faculty of Management and Accounting, South Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran ' Department of Industrial Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran ' Department of Industrial Engineering, Fouman Faculty of Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Tehran, Iran

Abstract: This paper aims to determine the factors influencing technology transfer (TT) in an empirical study using structural equation modelling (SEM). A sample of 100 experts working in the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) as empirical study is randomly selected. The data are collected through the questionnaire and then analysed using LISREL software. Results show that law and policy, companies' capabilities, skilled human resource, localisation of technology, and characteristics of technology significantly influence on the technology transfer. In addition, it is shown that the highest correlation is between companies' capabilities and technology transfer. Fit indices show that the model has an appropriate fit. In general, building and strengthening law and policy, companies' capabilities, skilled human resource and localisation of technology could suitably improve the technology transfer.

Keywords: technology; technology transfer; National Iranian Gas Company; NIGC; structural equation modelling; SEM.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPQM.2018.089801

International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management, 2018 Vol.23 No.3, pp.273 - 288

Received: 13 Jan 2016
Accepted: 16 Dec 2016

Published online: 12 Feb 2018 *

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