The Journal of Technology Transfer

, Volume 21, Issue 1–2, pp 16–21 | Cite as

Teaching technology decision making for product design and development: A university course on technology assessment and technology transfer

  • Richard Devon
  • Lance Bush
Decision Making


Engineers deploy their skills in contexts that require decisions based on certain criteria and on an understanding of processes that were not learned in college. This paper explores how these supplemental, “contextual” skills may be taught and reports on an experimental, fairly successful upper-division course at Pennsylvania State University in the fall of 1995.


Economic Growth Technology Transfer Product Design Industrial Organization Technology Assessment 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Barnett, Richard S.Global Dreams. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Bush, Lance B.An Analysis of NASA Technology Transfer, Ph.D. dissertation, Penn State University, 1996.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Carr, Robert K. “Doing Technology Transfer in Federal Laboratories.”Journal of Technology Transfer 17, nos. 2 & 3 (Spring–Summer, 1992).Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Charles, David, and Jeremy Howells.Technology Transfer in Europe: Public and Private Networks. New York: Belhaven Press, 1992.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Cohen, Mark. “Autonomous Technology and Technology Transfer,” lecture at Penn State. Nov. 9, 1995. (Cohen is the Director of the Belize Agroforestry Research Center. He can be reached at Far Valley Farm, 12788 New England Road, Amesville, OH 45711. Tel. (614) 448-2044.)Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Cooper, Kenneth J. “Lawmakers Ready to Shut Technology Office.”The Washington Post (June 12, 1995): A17.Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Ehrlich, Jacob N. “Ins, Outs of Transferring U.S. Technology.”les Nouvelles 28, no. 2 (June 1993): 79–85.Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Feller, Irwin. Technology Transfer from Universities.” InHigher Education: Handbook of Theory and Practice. Forthcoming, 1996.Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Gido, Jack.Tools to Find Technology Resources: Guides. Penn State Industrial Research Office, Mimeo, 1995.Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Greenberg, Daniel S. “Endangered Expertise.”The Washington Post (August 16, 1995): A19.Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    Hancock, Graham.Lords of Poverty. New York: The Atlantic Monthly Press, 1989.Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    Institute for Technology Assessment, 2121 Wisconsin, Washington, DC, 20007. Tel. (202) 333-8887. Founded 1995.Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    Jaramillo, Adriana. “Politics vs. Technology Assessment.” Penn State University, Dec. 13, 1995.Google Scholar
  14. 14.
    Kanter, Rosabeth Moss.World Class: Thriving Locally in the Global Economy. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995.Google Scholar
  15. 15.
    Kunkle, Gregory C. “New Challenge or the Past Revisited? The Office of Technology Assessment in Historical Context.”Technology in Society 17. no. 2 (1995).Google Scholar
  16. 16.
    Levine, Linda, and Kurt M. Saunders. “The Right of Suppression: Legal and Policy Implications of Technology Nonuse.”Proceedings of the Technology Commercialization and Economic Growth Conference, 251–257. Technology Transfer Society, Washington, DC, July 16–19, 1995.Google Scholar
  17. 17.
    Mogavero, Louis N., and Robert S. Shane.What Every Engineer Should Know About Technology Transfer and Innovation. New York: Marcel Dekker, 1982.Google Scholar
  18. 18.
    Morin, Alexander J.Science Policy and Politics. Edgewood Cliffs. NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1993.Google Scholar
  19. 19.
    National Academy of Sciences.The Government Role in Civilian Technology; Building a New Alliance. National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1992.Google Scholar
  20. 20.
    Nogueira, Marylin P.S., and Jorge M. Naogueira. “The Role of Foreign Direct Investment in Building Up Indigenous Technological Capabilities in Brazil.”Proceedings of the Technology Commercialization and Economic Growth Conference, 323–332. Technology Transfer Society, Washington, DC (July 16–19, 1995).Google Scholar
  21. 21.
    Porter, Michael E. “From Competitive Advantage to Corporate Strategy.”Readings in Strategic Management, 286–288. Edited by Arthur A. Thompson, Jr., William E. Fulmer, and A. J. Strickland III. Homewood, IL: Irwin, 1992.Google Scholar
  22. 22.
    Rich, Bruce.Mortgaging the Earth: The World Bank, Environmental Impoverishment, and the Crisis of Development. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1994.Google Scholar
  23. 23.
    Roe Smith, Merritt, and Leo Marx.Does Technology Drive History? The Dilemma of Technological Determinism. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1995.Google Scholar
  24. 24.
    Sandelin, Jon. “Successful Licensing of Research Results.”les Nouvelles 28, no. 5 (September 1993): 127–129.Google Scholar
  25. 25.
    Sclove, Richard E.Democracy and Technology. New York: Guilford Press (1995): 198.Google Scholar
  26. 26.
    Spann, Mary S., Mel Adams, and William E. Souder. “Improving Federal Technology Commercialization: Some Recommendations from a Field Study.”Journal of Technology Transfer 18, nos. 3 & 4 (Summer–Fall, 1993): 63–74.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  27. 27.
    Stapleton, Darwin H. “Benjamin Henry Latrobe and the Transfer of Technology.”Technology in America; A History of Individuals and Ideas, 2nd ed. Edited by Carroll W. Pursell, Jr. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1994.Google Scholar
  28. 28.
    Sugiura, Hideo. “How Honda Localizes Its Global Strategy.”Readings in Strategic Management, 227–236. Edited by Arthur A. Thompson, Jr., William E. Fulmer, and A. J. Strickland III. Homewood, IL: Irwin, 1992.Google Scholar
  29. 29.
    Ulrich, K. T., and S. D. Eppinger.Product Design and Development. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1995; and Cooper and Press.Google Scholar
  30. 30.
    Wriston, Walter B.The Twilight of Sovereignty. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1992.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Technology Transfer Society 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Devon
  • Lance Bush

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations