Global Dialogue Series
Technology Transfer and its Impact on SMEs World-Wide
Knowledge from the ICSB Global Community
Despite protectionist and other trade-limiting measures and political constraints in some countries, the globalization of business is increasing rapidly, and the information revolution is playing an important part in that process. As Peter Drucker (1994, 100) states, "Few things so stimulate economic growth as the rapid development of information, whether telecommunications, computer data, computer networks, or entertainment media."
In this dynamic global arena, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can combine appropriate resources from anywhere in the world to reach target markets anywhere. These shared resources may include products, marketing, sales and distribution, research, engineering, technology transfer, finance, and various mutual support services. This ability to share resources is especially important to SMEs that previously lacked the complementary resources to participate in global markets.
A workshop planned at the ICSB World Conference in Halifax on June 24th will address the following questions:
What are the motivations for technology transfer? (Motivation)
What are the prerequisites for technology transfer within SMEs? (Strategy)
What is the role of government (if any) in assisting technology transfer between SMEs? (Stakeholders)
What role are entrepreneurs taking in this new arena, and what role do Universities play in technology transfer? (Networks)
What other factors need to be identified (i.e. intellectual property, tacit and explicit knowledge, etc…) by SMEs conducting technology transfer? (Opportunities and Threats)
Can technology transfer be commercialized? (Opportunities and Threats)
Workshop Presenters are Educators, Researcher, Policy Makers and Practitioners from the various ICSB affiliates world-wide that will share their regional knowledge.
Australia Panelist: Dr. Brian Gibson,
Professor of Accounting,
School of Business, Economics and Public Policy
Canada Panelist: Dr. David Foord is the Director, Intellectual Property, at the University of New Brunswick. David is a faculty member of the UNB Shad Valley Program, and a member of the Licensing Executives Society and the Association of University Technology Managers.
Europe Panelist: Dr. Pasi Malinen is professor of innovative business at the Turku School of Economics, Turku, Finland. His research interests are innovations, science-based businesses, fast growth and business development. He has been active in educating, training and developing entrepreneurship and SMEs internationally and nationally. He has published more than a hundred publications in the field of entrepreneurship, innovation and SME development.
S. Korea: Dr. Heon Deok Yoon,
Professor at the Department of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, Soongsil University, Seoul, Korea.
U.S.: Barry Jennings manages market research for Dell’s Small and Medium Business Group, engaging directly with more than 3,000 business owners and IT decision makers each year. Previously, he managed research for product development and online marketing at Dell.
Moderator: Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy, Executive Director for ICSB and Assistant Professor at the George Washington University, Washington D.C.