Evaluating the transfer of technology between application domains: A critical evaluation of the human component in the system

Don Harris, Fiona J. Harris

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Abstract

Technology can take many forms from the development of sophisticated electronics to the application of basic procedural principles. Technology transfer can also take several forms, however, in this case, it is the transfer of technological principles between application domains that is of primary interest. This paper presents a framework (the Five 'M's framework) that can be used to consider the likely success of technology transfer. The framework is based upon a sociotechnical system approach. The framework is illustrated with an evaluation of the introduction of intelligent cruise control into motor vehicles. It is argued that this is a technological concept first developed as an aerospace application in the form of the autopilot. In this case, it is argued that the transfer of this technology in its current form may potentially compromise safety.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)551-565
Number of pages15
JournalTechnology in Society
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2004
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Advanced driver systems
  • Safety
  • Sociotechnical systems
  • Technology transfer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Education
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Sociology and Political Science

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