Transferring Technology to Private Industry: Does Reality Threaten Expectations?
Research rept. Aug 1992-Apr 1993
INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC
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Technology has been the foundation of Americas economic and military strength. Our slumping economy, stifling deficit, and growing trade imbalance reflect our declining technological performance in comparison to other nations and threaten our preeminent position of leadership in the New World Order. To stimulate technological innovation and economic growth, U.S. lawmakers directed Federal scientists to transfer technology developed within Federal laboratories to private industry. The purpose of this paper is to assess the viability of on- going technology transfer initiatives. It addresses technology transfer legislation, identifies cultural barriers to successful transfer efforts, and analyzes proposed legislation and policies regarding Federal laboratories collaborating with industry. Findings suggest Federal laboratories will not be the panacea for industrys declining competitiveness. Recommendations include formulation of a national technology policy and streamlined process for joint Governmentindustry technology development programs and establishment of a civilian equivalent to ARPA at a comparable funding level.
- Administration and Management
- Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems