After sharing my experiences about what I call “hard core“ technology transfer I would also like to discuss with you two other forms of technology transfer that are working quite fine in my business environment:
1) Joint projects with research centers/universities
2) Hiring employees from universities/research centers
A very effective way for my company to gain new expertise has been to work jointly with research centers and/or universities. In all cases this has been a very fruitful cooperation, as on the one hand the RTD institution received hands-on market knowledge and on the other hand we received first class technological expertise.
As the next step I hired even employees of this research group if I planned research and innovation within our company over a longer period.
For my small company these approaches worked out very successfully. Do you have similar experiences? What is your opinion?