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Interorganizational transfer of technology - A study of adoption of NASA innovationsThe paper describes a study on the effects of top management support, various techno-economic factors, organizational climate, and decision-making modes on the adoption of NASA innovations. Field research consisted of interviews and questionnaires directed to sixty-five organizations. Forty-five test cases where different decisions for adoption of ideas for new products or processes were made on NASA Tech Briefs were studied in relation to the effects of various factors on the degree of success of adoption, including: (1) the degree of general connection of the technology to the firm's existing operation, (2) the specificity of the relationship between the technology and some existing and recognized problem, (3) the degree of urgency of the problem to which the technology was related, (4) maturity of technology available to implement the technology, (5) availability of personnel and financial resources to implement the technology, (6) degree of top management interest, (7) the use of confrontation in joint-decision, (8) the use of smoothing in decision-making, and (9) the use of forcing in decision-making. It was found that top managements interest was important in the product cases only, and that the success of process innovations was dependent on the quality of information and the specificity of the relationship between the technology and some recognized existing problem.
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Chakrabarti, A. K.
(De Paul University Chicago, Ill., United States)
Rubenstein, A. H.
(Northwestern University Evanston, Ill., United States)
Date Acquired
August 8, 2013
Publication Date
February 1, 1976
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Publication: IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management
Volume: EM-23
Subject Category
Urban Technology And Transportation
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