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Evaluating the transfer of technology: a critical evaluation of the human component in the system

Harris, Don and Harris, Fiona J. (2004). Evaluating the transfer of technology: a critical evaluation of the human component in the system. Technology in Society, 26(4) pp. 551–565.

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Technology can take many forms from the development of sophisticated electronics to the application of basic procedural principles. Technology transfer can also take several forms, however, in this case, it is the transfer of technological principles between application domains that is of primary interest. This paper presents a framework (the Five ‘M’s framework) that can be used to consider the likely success of technology transfer. The framework is based upon a sociotechnical system approach. The framework is illustrated with an evaluation of the introduction of intelligent cruise control into motor vehicles. It is argued that this is a technological concept first developed as an aerospace application in the form of the autopilot. In this case, it is argued that the transfer of this technology in its current form may potentially compromise safety.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2004 Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN: 0160-791X
Keywords: technology transfer; advanced driver systems; adaptive cruise control; sociotechnical systems; safety
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: International Development & Inclusive Innovation
Item ID: 1639
Depositing User: Users 12 not found.
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2017 12:57
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