Determinants of ITF R&D Technology Commercialization in Logistics and Supply Chain Industries: R&D Technologist Perspective

  • Siu Cheung HoEmail author
  • Kong Bieng Chuah
Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)


Successful commercialization and adoption of research and development (R&D) project deliverables are defined as the whole R&D project completed, commercialized, and adopted in the industry. This chapter examines from R&D Technologist’s perspective the determinant factors of innovation and technology fund (ITF) and R&D Technology commercialization and adoption in Hong Kong Logistics and Supply Chain Industries. R&D Technologist always faces various challenges of developing technology that matches industry needs. This study investigates how R&D Technologists think their efforts can align with the industry needs during the development process. This is the first attempt of the multi-perspective study to bridge the gaps from idea generation, R&D and subsequent technology implementation, and adoption by industry. Qualitative and quantitative of the data collected from R&D Technologists have been carried out using a proposed market-driven project management model, market, science, technology, application, and market (MSTAM), and the results will shed lights on latter study from other perspectives.


R&D development R&D Technology commercialization Project management R&D Technologist perspective 



Autonomous-guided vehicles


Application to market


Application programming interface


Closed-circuit television


Early manufacturing involvement


Early supplier involvement


Internet of Things


Intellectual property


Innovation and technology


Information Technology Bureau


Innovation and technology fund


Key performance indicator


Location-based service


Market to science


Market, science, technology, application, and market


New product development


Organization manager


Project coordinator


Public key infrastructure


Project management


Pearl River Delta


Research and development


Radio-frequency identification


Research questions


Return on investment


Requirements traceability


Standard deviation


Sensor data cloud


System integrator


Small- and medium-sized enterprises


Science to technology


Science, technology, application, and market


Technology to application


Virtual reality



The authors would like to take this opportunity to thank the industrial advisors, Dr. Jack So, Dr. Aldar Chan, Dr. CC Cheung, and Dr. KL Fan for providing their valuable comment for the questionnaire. The authors also would like to express their sincere thanks and warmest appreciation to those R&D Technologists for sharing their valuable thoughts and incredible insights.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering ManagementCity University of Hong KongKowloonHong Kong

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