Accession Number : ADA187017

Title :   A Study of Federal Technology Transfer to the Commercial Sector.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS

Personal Author(s) : Olsen, Michael J

PDF Url : ADA187017

Report Date : Sep 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 154

Abstract : The Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986 imposed legislative requirements on federal labs to take certain actions to facilitate the transfer of federally developed technology to the commercial sector. This study examined the requirements of the 1986 Act and had the following three specific objectives: 1) to examine opportunities and barriers, as perceived by federal laboratory personnel, to the commercial application of federally developed technology to the private sector, 2) to examine the perceptions of federal laboratory personnel regarding the 1986 Act, and 3) to use the information from the first two objectives to suggest ways to ease and enhance the ever challenging process of technology transfer. A survey of 479 federal lab personnel including both managers and scientists/engineers was conducted in support of the above objectives. Overall, the results of the study support the findings of previous research. Recommendations are offered to help make technology transfer and the implementation of the 1986 Act a success.

Descriptors :   *TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER, *UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, COMMERCE, COMPENSATION, ENGINEERS, GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, LABORATORIES, LEGISLATION, PERSONNEL, REQUIREMENTS, SCIENTISTS

Subject Categories : Information Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE