A reflection in the innovation and technology transfer experience in a regional micro-manufacturer: a case study

Goh, Steven C. and Thorpe, David (2008) A reflection in the innovation and technology transfer experience in a regional micro-manufacturer: a case study. In: 9th Global Congress on Manufacturing and Management (GCMM2008), 12-14 Nov 2008, Surfers Paradise, Australia.

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This paper provides an investigation into the innovation and technology transfer (I&TT) process in the Small-to-Medium (SME) sector within a University-Industry collaboration context. This paper provides an initial insight into the main influencing factors that affect innovation and technology transfer (I&TT) in regional micro-manufacturers. This paper explores and reflects on the innovation and technology transfer experience by embedding oneself within a micro-manufacturer. The experience initially focused on the manufacturing factors such as increasing productivity through work study and work-flow analysis, and introducing semi-automation, and flexible manufacturing methodology. However, as the project progressed, several non-manufacturing factors were identified as major influences in the I&TT process within the targeted micro-manufacturer. The ability to progress in improving the manufacturing factors is often dependent on these factors, and is categorized as personal and business related. The underlying project on which the paper is based involved a SWOT analysis on the business, learning and discovering the obstacles and barriers for I&TT, seeking and proposing ways to reduce it, and modeling the overall I&TT process within micro-manufacturers in regional areas, and termed regional knowledge diffusion (RKD) model.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Copyright 2008 GCMM Board.
Depositing User: Mr Steven Goh
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2009 04:12
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2014 02:38
Uncontrolled Keywords: innovation, technology transfer, SME, regional manufacturing, micro-manufacturing, regional knowledge diffusion
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150314 Small Business Management
09 Engineering > 0910 Manufacturing Engineering > 091006 Manufacturing Processes and Technologies (excl. Textiles)
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150307 Innovation and Technology Management
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910406 Technological and Organisational Innovation
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/4697

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