Exploring university-industry technology transfer of CAD technology

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Since its establishment in 1982, the Semiconductor Research
Corporation (SRC) has funded extensive silicon-based semiconductor
research at universities, including research in the area of computer
aided design. While the consortium has had success with transferring
this research to its members, the overall incidence of transfer has been
limited. This study explored the key issues affecting the transfer of
university computer-aided design (CAD) technology from the SRC CAD
Center at Carnegie Mellon University to the SRC's industrial membership.
Most research on improving technology transfer has focused on finding
mechanisms to promote person-to-person interaction between developer and
adopter. Interview and survey data collected from the 12 CAD Center
faculty and 15 SRC member firm personnel suggest that transfer succeeds
only when SRC member firms establish organizational incentives for
technical personnel to commit their time to the implementation of
university research, and when they provide these personnel the
organizational resources needed to perform this implementation.
Suggestions for improving the mechanisms of transfer are offered, but
without reform in organizational incentives, improving these mechanisms
is unlikely to significantly increase the rate at which university
research is commercialized for actual industrial use

Author-supplied keywords

  • Computer aided design
  • Consortia
  • Cooperative R&D
  • International competitiveness
  • Technology transfer
  • University research

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  • Lucien F. Randazzese

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