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from idea to Product;
how schools of
education can help cs
the risks and costs associated with the
new idea. No single mechanism is guaranteed to succeed, although there are
many mechanisms that are likely to fail.
Daniel Reed discusses how researchers communicate their project
ideas to companies and product groups and get them successfully
adopted. Mark Guzdial considers whether schools of education
could create more high school CS teachers.
a contact sport”
october 4, 2010
It is fall and football season in the United States. We are still playing soccer
too—football everywhere else—but that
is another story. American football has
long been called a contact sport, meaning the players intentionally collide to
move the ball toward the goal line. However, it remains a far cry from rugby,
which to my untrained eye seems indistinguishable from unarmed combat.
How, one may wonder, does football relate to technology transfer? For
that matter, what do I mean by the
phrase “technology transfer” itself?
There are broader definitions, but for
the sake of discussion, let’s define
technology transfer as the mechanism
via which research ideas are communicated to and adopted by companies
and their product groups.
The success or failure of technology transfer depends on many factors,
from the personalities and skills of the
people involved, through the timing
and appropriateness of the offering, to
“in the embedding
of the product
side by side on the
product in the same
environment as the
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