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Technology transfer is the utilization of technology for a purpose other than which it was originally intended. The objective of technology transfer is to stimulate the economic activity of the country. Technology is viewed as a resource, much the same as land, labor and capital. The development of the body of knowledge surrounding the transfer process is just beginning. The purpose of this study is to assemble the available literature on the subject and synthesize it into an analysis. Also included in this study is a review of the main problem areas that impact the flow of technology. The lack of policy, traditional organization for research and development and the problems of communication and information are reviewed. The experience of other nations is reviewed to gain a broader perspective of what has been accomplished and determine current trends. The Soviet system is of particular interest because much of the literature recommends centralized planning and strict economic control of science and technology, hallmarks of the Soviet system. The British and French offer more comparable systems. The British need for foreign exchange has provided great stimulus in their transfer program. The conclusions and recommendations center around the need for understanding further the process and in general the economic impact of the transfer. Both long term and short term programs are recommended. The short term programs are traditional in their approach. Various organizational structures and incentives are offered. On the other hand, the long term program calls for an in depth analysis of our current position and ascertaining where the country wants to go as an economic power. It is the opinion of the author that the military oriented research and development organizations, specifically the Department of Defense, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Atomic Energy Commission, offer the greatest potential for initial federal government effort in managing the transfer of technology.

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Public Administration

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School of Public Administration

First Committee Member (Chair)

Albert H. Rosenthal

Second Committee Member

Donald Winston Smithburg

Third Committee Member

Gerald Joseph Boyle


I am indebted to the United States Air Force and the University of New Mexico for the opportunity to participate in the Fellowship Program in Public Science Policy and Administration and to conduct this research program. Special thanks go to Mr. Martin M. Aldora and Mr. Donald Hollingsworth. Special appreciation is extended to Dr. Albert H. Rosenthal, Director of the Program for Advanced Study in Public Science Policy and Administration, Dr. Donald W. Smithburg and Dr. Gerald J. Boyle for their expert advice, counsel and encouragement in writing this manuscript. In addition and most important, I would like to acknowledge the tremendous moral support (also typing) of my wife, Kathryn. Appreciation is also in order for Jennifer, Andrew and Katie whose presence during the writing of this document has provided additional motivation and pleasure.



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