29 October 2007

Call for papers: Gaining from Partnership: Transfer Technology - Issues and Challenges in Transitional Economies

Call for papers: Gaining from Partnership: Transfer Technology - Issues and Challenges in Transitional Economies

A special issue of International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation

Technology transfer is not about selling some hardware to a client who is then left with the task of using it as he/she deems fit. Technology transfer is the imparting of knowledge, skills and methodologies involved in the whole production cycle. Technology transfer is a system that encompasses the social and economic fabric of a country. Where technology has been effectively transferred, there should be a visible change - from the person to the production system as well as compatibility with the needs, in the institutional framework, skills, training, financial capacity, promotion, and active support of endogenous capacity and appreciation of the natural environment of the recipient country. Obviously, there are problems that act as barriers to appropriate technology transfer such as local capacity as well as the multinationals whose financial powers have in many cases weakened the strengths of governments. But a much bigger problem in effective and appropriate technology transfer is focused on the priorities of the donor or purveyor.

There is a strong need for linkages to be developed and maintained between industry and research organisations. This requires the effective identification and specification of research needs, and knowledge of relevant research that is being conducted. For this to happen, industry needs to be involved at an early stage of research, so as to be able to participate even in the research definition stage. At the same time, public sector research organisations need to be prepared to support industry in the commercialisation process. Efforts to erase preconceptions that build barriers to successful technology transfer should also be taken. By creating partnerships among industry, government agencies and academia, the Triple Helix model, by promoting transfer technology, contributes to economic development on local, regional, and national levels. The introduction of a technology into a transition country is understood by some developed countries as having achieved the objective of technology transfer.

The goal of this special issue is to explore the importance and current use of transfer technology in transition countries. Although submitted manuscripts may focus on theory development, empirical testing, or case analysis, they should further understanding of why and how transfer technology could and do influence economic development in theory and practice. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Overview of technology transfer legislation
  • Technology transfer related organisations
  • Technology paradigm in transition countries
  • Technology transfer and institutional development
  • Role of MNCs for transition countries
  • Approaches in the diffusion of knowledge or technology
  • Importance of technology networks
  • Important implications for Western-CEE partners in TT
  • Technology acquisition and knowledge exploitation
  • Technology strategy in SMEs
  • Benefits and risks of technology transfer
  • Technological management and role of multiculturalism
  • Forms of intellectual property
  • Overview of patents and copyright
  • Trademarks and trade secrets
  • Owning and protecting intellectual property
  • Knowledge sourcing by foreign multinational
  • Models of TT mechanisms
  • Government funded programmes
  • Grants and cooperative agreements
Important Date
eadline: 1 May 2008

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