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Managing the Flow of Technology: Technology Transfer and the Dissemination of Technological Information Within the R&D Organization

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  • Thomas J. Allen

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    The original edition of this book summarized more than a decade of work on communications flow in science and engineering organizations, showing how human and organizational systems could be restructured to bring about improved productivity and better person-to-person contact. While many studies have been done since then, few of them invalidate the general conclusions and recommendations Allen offers. In a new preface he points out - new developments, noting areas that need some modification, elaboration, or extension, and directing readers to the appropriate journal articles where the findings, are reported. The first three chapters provide an overview of the communication system in technology, present the author's research methods, and describe differences in the career paths and goals of engineers and scientists that cause special problems for organizations. The book then discusses how technological information is acquired by the R & D organization, shows how critical technical communication within the laboratory is for R & D performance, and originates the idea of the "gatekeeper," the person who links his or her organization to the world at large. Concluding chapters take up the influence of formal and informal organization and of architecture and office layouts on communication. Many of these ideas have been successfully incorporated by architects and managers in the design of new R & D facilities and complexes.

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    This book is provided by The MIT Press in its series MIT Press Books with number 0262510278 and published in 1984.

    Volume: 1
    Edition: 1
    ISBN: 0-262-51027-8
    Handle: RePEc:mtp:titles:0262510278

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    Keywords: communication; R&D; technology;

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    1. Junfu Zhang, 2006. "A Study of Academic Entrepreneurs Using Venture Capital Data," PPIC Working Papers 2006.01, Public Policy Institute of California.
    2. Allen, Thomas J. (Thomas John), 1931-, 1997. "Architecture and communication among product development engineers," Working papers 165-97. Working paper (Sl, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Sloan School of Management.
    3. Ancona, Deborah G. (Deborah Gladstein)., 1991. "The changing role of teams in organizations : strategies for survival," Working papers 3246-91., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Sloan School of Management.
    4. Ancona, Deborah G. (Deborah Gladstein). & Caldwell, David F., 1991. "Demography and design : predictors of new product team performance," Working papers 3236-91., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Sloan School of Management.
    5. Christian R. Østergaard, 2007. "Knowledge Flows Through Social Networks in a Cluster Interfirm versus University-Industry Contacts," DRUID Working Papers 07-19, DRUID, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy/Aalborg University, Department of Business Studies.
    6. Michael S. Dahl & Christian Ø.R. Pedersen, 2003. "Knowledge Flows through Informal Contacts in Industrial Clusters Myths or Realities?," DRUID Working Papers 03-01, DRUID, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy/Aalborg University, Department of Business Studies.
    7. Ancona, Deborah G. (Deborah Gladstein). & Caldwell, David E., 1989. "Demography and design : predictors of new product team performance," Working papers 3078-89., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Sloan School of Management.
    8. Ceci, Federica & Prencipe, Andrea, 2013. "Does Distance Hinder Coordination? Identifying and Bridging Boundaries of Offshored Work," Journal of International Management, Elsevier, vol. 19(4), pages 324-332.
    9. Driessen, Paul H. & Kok, Robert A.W. & Hillebrand, Bas, 2013. "Mechanisms for stakeholder integration: Bringing virtual stakeholder dialogue into organizations," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 66(9), pages 1465-1472.
    10. Kim, Incheol & Pantzalis, Christos & Park, Jung Chul, 2013. "Corporate boards' political ideology diversity and firm performance," Journal of Empirical Finance, Elsevier, vol. 21(C), pages 223-240.
    11. Allen, Thomas J. (Thomas John), 1931-, 1997. "Organizational structure for product development," Working papers 166-97. Working paper (Sl, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Sloan School of Management.

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