The process of intra-firm technology transfer : a case study of a marine mining company
CITATION: Behane, T. & Grobbelaar, S. 2018. The process of intra-firm technology transfer : a case study of a marine mining company. South African Journal of Industrial Engineering, 29(1):195-204, doi:10.7166/29-1-1705.
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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.