The Technology Vicinity: A Location Based View on Technology


Steenhuis, Harm-Jan and Bruijn, Erik J. de (2001) The Technology Vicinity: A Location Based View on Technology. In: PICMET '01: Portland international conference on management of engineering and technology: Technology management in the knowledge era: life in the e-world, July 29 - August 2 2001, Portland, Oregon.

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Abstract:The issue of technology transfer has been viewed
from many different perspectives. In this case the focus is on the
process of (production) technology transfer. One of the
difficulties in studying international technology transfer is the
definition of technology. The many technology definitions that
exist are either too ‘loosely’ formulated or they require
thorough expert knowledge. This results in difficulties with
measuring technology and comparing different studies
meaningfully. This study on technology transfer used technology
as a sensitizing concept. Four case studies were performed and
during these case studies a definition of technology was
developed and refined, to obtain a meaningful representation of
the technology at hand. The model enables the researchers on
the transfer of technology to measure what is transferred. The
research also showed that a technology can not be viewed in
isolation but organizational factors and environmental factors
influence the productivity of a technology. Therefore the
functioning of technology should be viewed as dependent on its
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