THE PROCESS OF INTRA-FIRM TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER: A CASE STUDY OF A MARINE MINING COMPANY

Thami Behane, Sara Grobbelaar

Abstract


Technology transfer is an important function in the technology development cycle, and organisations can benefit extensively if a competent technology strategy is developed and implemented. The objective of this paper is to examine the approaches, processes, mechanism, barriers, and other aspects of intra-firm technology between two subsidiaries of a marine mining company. Subsidiary A of the marine mining company is primarily reliant on research and development as a key driver of technology development and continuous business improvement; an optimal technology transfer process is thus crucial. Using a case study methodology, the analysis sheds light on the current process to transfer technology, and major barriers to and elements of success.


Keywords


Technology transfer, intra-firm, marine mining, barriers, strategy

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7166/29-1-1705

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