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A bibliometric review of the technology transfer literature

Alejandro Bengoa (), Amaia Maseda (), Txomin Iturralde () and Gloria Aparicio ()
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Alejandro Bengoa: IK4-Tekniker Technology Centre
Amaia Maseda: University of the Basque Country, UPV/EHU
Txomin Iturralde: University of the Basque Country, UPV/EHU
Gloria Aparicio: University of the Basque Country, UPV/EHU

The Journal of Technology Transfer, 2021, vol. 46, issue 5, No 10, 1514-1550

Abstract: Abstract This study explores academic research on technology transfer (TT) and the related themes. The TT field has attracted considerable scholarly attention in recent years and has grown rapidly, resulting in a large body of knowledge. Using a bibliometric approach, this study reviews related research issues as well as their influence and connections and provides directions for future research. It uses Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science database that includes 3218 bibliographic references. Several bibliometric analysis techniques and a subsequent review of the content of the most relevant documents are adopted. The performance analysis provided an updated overview of the evolution of the TT literature from 1969 to 2018 and quantitatively identified the most active and influential journals, articles, authors, and organizations. The co-authorship network analysis allowed us to identify and visualize the structure of relations between authors as well as determine the collaboration patterns among them. On the basis of the information supplied by the co-authorship network, the main literature was reviewed to identify the current status and research trends related to TT, identifying five main research streams and related topics. The implications of the study’s findings and directions for future TT research are finally discussed to enhance our understanding of TT agents and issues and support further research in this field.

Keywords: Technology transfer; Bibliometrics; Performance analysis; Co-authorship analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: M15 O3 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1007/s10961-019-09774-5

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