Title: Addressing Professional and Technological Growth & Diversity
Author: F. Timothy Janis
Publication: Assistive Technology Transfer Update: Vol. 5 (Spring) Annual Report, 2001-2002
Dr. Timothy Janis, President of ARAC Inc., contends that technology transfer
is both a profession and an industry. Despite the absence of standard practices
and professional development,
the technology transfer industry
grew rapidly over the past
Technology transfer offices appeared
in all seven hundred
quadrupled to nearly
four hundred, while private brokering
firms now number in the thousands.
experienced similar growth from inception to several
thousand members in the past decades.
in the profession reflects confidence in the
assumption that technology transfer adds value
to participating organizations. This assumption appears
to be more valid for technology developers actively
pursuing transfers than for those passively
cataloging available technologies. Organizations
will eventually test this assumption by holding
programs accountable for their activities and outcomes.
Application industries like assistive technology
will be challenged to identify how these emerging technologies
will benefit their products and customers,
and how to overcome the barriers to successful transfer.
Managing this technological growth and diversity will require knowledge management
tools, such as digital libraries of intellectual property (e.g., IP.com),
and databases of technology-related projects (e.g.,
Defense Technical Information Center).
Proactive technology transfer offices will have to master these
new tools in addition to maintaining current knowledge
of requirements in any particular field
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