Modelling a conceptual framework of technology transfer process in construction projects: an empirical approach

Owusu-Manu, De-Graft and Pärn, E.A. and Antwi-Afari, M.F. and Edwards, D.J. (2017) Modelling a conceptual framework of technology transfer process in construction projects: an empirical approach. Journal of Construction Project Management and Innovation, 7 (1). pp. 1824-1842. ISSN 2223-7852


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Technology transfer (TT) is crucial to social infrastructure and economic development in developing countries (DCs). In Ghana’s construction sector, foreign firms provide an invaluable source of innovation and technological advancement for local contractors. However, TT models published in existing literature are rarely applicable to the construction industry in DCs. This paper therefore presents a conceptual framework of the TT process as a tool for measuring construction performance. Utilising the results from a questionnaire survey of Ghanaian construction industry professionals, eight different perspectives on TT were formulated using exploratory factor analysis. These perspectives represent the enablers and outcomes of the TT process, namely transferor and transferee characteristics, knowledge advancement, the transfer environment, government influence, the learning environment, project performance, communication, and relationship building and absorptive capability. The research outcomes provide useful guidance to local and international funding agencies, governments of developing or newly industrialised countries, and construction firms that seek to effectively evaluate the success (or otherwise) of the TT process. Future research should seek to validate the research findings presented, and to expand the work to include other DCs.

Item Type: Article
1 June 2017Accepted
1 June 2017Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Conceptual framework, Construction, Ghanaian government and Technology transfer
Subjects: CAH13 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01-02 - building
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Depositing User: David Edwards
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2020 14:38
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2022 13:25

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