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.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techsoc.2004.08.003

Abstract

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.

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