Transferring technology from university to industry in a low absorptive capacity environment : nanotechnology and the Hong Kong textile industry

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Transferring technology from university to industry in a low absorptive capacity environment : nanotechnology and the Hong Kong textile industry

 

Author: Wong, Hung-ho Maurice
Title: Transferring technology from university to industry in a low absorptive capacity environment : nanotechnology and the Hong Kong textile industry
Degree: D.B.A.
Year: 2008
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations.
Nanotechnology -- China -- Hong Kong.
Textile industry -- China -- Hong Kong -- Technological innovations.
Technology transfer -- China -- Hong Kong.
Department: Graduate School of Business
Pages: viii, 169 leaves ; 30 cm.
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b2266159
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/4543
Abstract: This research explores an apparent paradox that the developments of nanotechnology provide a wealth of technological opportunities for companies across a wide range of industries, and in particular for the textile and clothing sector. Hong Kong is the location for a very significant concentration of application-oriented university research in nanotechnology for textile and clothing, and Hong Kong companies own and manage one of the largest and most successful concentrations of clothing manufacture in the world. There is a "Prima Facie" expectation that significant transfers of nanotechnology from the university to the textile and clothing industry would be taking place. In fact, however, that is not the case. As far as can be ascertained only one local company of out several thousands is actively involved. This research is to address the question of why there is so little transfer of nanotechnology application from Hong Kong's universities into the locally owned and managed textile and clothing industry by adopting a conventional "Explanatory Science" approach and how technology can be effectively transferred from the university setting to industry in the Hong Kong environment by adopting a "Design Science" approach.

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