Accession Number : AD0695117

Title :   TRANSFER OF TECHNOLOGY FUNCTIONS EXTENDED: THE GERMAN CASE,

Corporate Author : HOWARD UNIV WASHINGTON D C DEPT OF ECONOMICS

Personal Author(s) : Spencer,Daniel L. ; Woroniak,Alexander

Report Date : JUL 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 80

Abstract : The report is a result of research on international transfer of technology. In a previous study of transfer of technoloty using the case of Japan, a first attack was made on the development of some macro-economic relationships called transfer of technology functions. The theory underlying these studies is that transfer of technology is (1) a continuous, cumulative process operating within a circular feedback system; (2) that it is achieved by a complex of factors working as a group and interacting with one another; (3) that by a process of quantitative experimentation, decisive variables can be identified which facilitate and/or accelerate the operation of the transfer mechanism, and the absorption of borrowed technology. A series of informed experiments with German data representing hypothetical strategic factors in fostering technology transfer was performed as an extension of previous experimentation with similar Japanese data. After lengthy iterative processes three decisive explanatory variables stand out: International Liquidity (IL), Depreciation Allowances (DE), Antennae (A), the latter meaning German business representatives abroad. In addition, experimentation with German data, in contrast to Japanese, lends itself to the selection of one strategic variable related to technological transfer in non-linear formulations. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*ECONOMICS, INFORMATION RETRIEVAL), (*DOCUMENTS, DISTRIBUTION), SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH, COMMERCE, INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION, STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, WEST GERMANY

Subject Categories : Information Science
      Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE