A primer and checklist for the technology transfer/knowledge utilization process
Brink, Gale Dean
Creighton, Gale Dean
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This thesis details steps of the knowledge utilization process which are applicable to individuals and organizations and develops a model of an organization in which the process takes place. Elements of four categories (INPUT RESOURCES, ORGANIZATION, OUTPUTS and ENVIRONMENT) are analyzed to determine the characteristics that influence the use and transfer of knowledge. Models show the interrelationships between characteristics that describe each element and are combined into an integrated model of the organization to show the relationships between elements. The author concludes that three resources, individuals, knowledge and time, are critical to the organization and the knowledge utilization process. "Used" in both planning and production, they result in organizational output that may satisfy a need in the organization's environment. Because time is the limiting resource, planning (assessing the interrelationships, alternatives and consequences) is important in effectively managing the use of other resources and should precede individual and organizational activity.
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