Technology transfer can be seen as an effective mechanism to advance the flow of technological development in a developing country's economy. Though normally small-scale technology transfer projects are initiated and managed by private organizations, the large-scale technology transfer projects in a developing country are sponsored by the state itself, given the complexity level of and resource requirements for such projects. The purpose of this paper is to identify and discuss the critical elements of a successful large-scale technology transfer process framework in a developing country context. Four components are highlighted that facilitate a successful large-scale technology transfer process. These are: (i) understanding and selecting technology components; (ii) selecting a technology transfer mode; (iii) negotiating effective process; and (iv) developing capability. Aspects of negotiation and adoption/assimilation capability development are stressed in this paper, which is commonly missed out in conventional technology transfer framework. Accordingly a comprehensive and goal oriented technology transfer framework has been presented in the paper linking all the core elements. A Libyan case study is discussed to illustrate the framework.

Adoption capability, Developing country, Large scale project, Negotiation process, Technological capability, Technology transfer, Transfer mode
Journal of Technology Transfer
Sprott School of Business

Kumar, U, Kumar, V, Dutta, S. (Shantanu), & Fantazy, K. (Kamel). (2007). State sponsored large scale technology transfer projects in a developing country context. Journal of Technology Transfer, 32(6), 629–644. doi:10.1007/s10961-006-8880-7