Accession Number : ADA320969

Title :   An Exploratory Study of the Benefits Received by Wright Laboratory (WL) from Technology Transfer Activities.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Braun, Clinton J.

PDF Url : ADA320969

Report Date : SEP 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 132

Abstract : The allocation of resources should be a rational decision making process where alternatives can be compared based on their estimated costs and benefits to the organization. In order to justify technology transfer activities, a sound methodology must be developed that will document the benefits derived from transfer activities. The risks or uncertainties associated with those benefits must also be estimated and analyzed. By detailing the costs, benefits, and uncertainties associated with technology transfer activities, decision makers will have a logical framework that can be used to determine the cost effectiveness of technology transfer. Leaders within the technology transfer arena are searching for better ways of quantifying the tangible and intangible benefits of technology transfer. The goal of this research is to build an acceptable methodology that can be used to identify and quantify the tangible and intangible benefits received within Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) as a result of technology transfers. This exploratory study employs a structured interview methodology to identify and quantify the benefits received by the Air Force through its technology transfer activities.

Descriptors :   *INVESTMENTS, *TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER, *BENEFITS, POLICIES, MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, MARKETING, COST EFFECTIVENESS, AIR FORCE RESEARCH, COST ESTIMATES, THESES, MILITARY APPLICATIONS, RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH, RESEARCH MANAGEMENT, DEFENSE INDUSTRY.

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Administration and Management

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE