The Technology Cycle and Technology Transfer Strategies

  • Kenneth A. Zahringer
  • Christos Kolympiris
  • Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes
Part of the Innovation, Technology, and Knowledge Management book series (ITKM)


University technology transfer offices (TTOs) must make decisions about whether and how to commercialize university innovations and do so with little or no information about the ultimate market value of the products that might eventually be derived from those innovations. Using technology life cycle theory, we derive and assess the usefulness of metrics that could provide additional information to assist in TTO decision making. We find that being able to locate a given innovation along a life cycle progression can decrease the uncertainty inherent in technology transfer decisions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth A. Zahringer
    • 1
  • Christos Kolympiris
    • 2
  • Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural and Applied EconomicsUniversity of MissouriColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.University of BathBathUK

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