THE DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION OF AN IMPROVED CLOVERLEAF MODEL FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF TECHNOLOGY READINESS FOR COMMERCIALISATION

R. Oosthuizen, A.J. Buys

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ENGLISH ABSTRACT:Technology commercialisation is the process that converts technology that was developed for the government, e.g., defence technology, to commercial use, thereby benefiting the wider community. As technology commercialisation is a high risk and expensive process, care must be taken to commercialise only those technologies with the best chances for success. Heslop, McGregor & Grifith [1] developed the Cloverleaf Model to assess technology readiness for commercialisation. This model is evaluated and improved for use in the South African environment.

AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING:Die kommersialisering van tegnologie is die proses waardeur tegnologie wat ontwikkel is vir die Staat, byvoorbeeld verdedigingstegnologie, omgeskakel word vir kommersie gebruik tot voordeel van die bre gemeenskap. Aangesien tegnologie-kommersialisering 'n horisiko en duur proses is, moet net daardie tegnologiegekommersialiseer word wat die beste kanse vir sukses het. Heslop, McGregor & Grifith [1] het die Cloverleaf Model vir die assessering van tegnologie-gereedheid vir kommersialisering ontwikkel. Hierdie model is ge-evalueer en verbeter vir gebruik in die Suid-Afrikaanse omgewing.SA


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7166/14-1-302

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