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American competitiveness: the role of technology transfer
Author(s): Lawrence P. Albertson
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The United States is no longer the world leader in technology -neither in terms of technology development nor technology application! A strong statement? Perhaps. But one that I will substantiate in the next few minutes. Another way to say this is that we, as a nation, have lost our competitive edge! And there's plenty of evidence to support this conclusion. I'll shortly give you some examples. If you're not quite ready to support my premise, let me quote from the recently published report from the Council on Competitiveness entitled "Gaining New Ground: Technology Priorities for America's Future"... "The United States traditionally has been a formidable competitor in world technology markets. American industries such as computers, pharmaceuticals, aircraft and medical instruments are the envy of the world. In recent years, however, many U.S. technology-intensive industries have stumbled in the face of foreign competition. In too many cases, the consequences have been disastrous: the U.S. share of the world machine tool market has slipped from about 50percent to 10 percent; the American-owned consumer electronics industry has been virtually eliminated by foreign competition; and the U.S. merchant semiconductor industry has shifted from dominance to a distant second in world markets." We are not going to regain our leadership position overnight, and there certainly is no magic formula which will bring the United States once again to the technology forefront. However, there is much that we can and should do which will clearly point us in the right direction. In my judgement, technology transfer is one of the key ingredients in re-establishing America's competitive strength, by improving effective commercialization of research. High Technology of Rochester has, as one of its missions, the "care and feeding" of the technology transfer process in Rochester and I'd like to briefly review with you HTR's strategies and programs to facilitate this process.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 May 1992
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1617, International Competitiveness and Business Techniques in Advanced Optics and Imaging, (12 May 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.58919
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Lawrence P. Albertson, High Technology of Rochester, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1617:
International Competitiveness and Business Techniques in Advanced Optics and Imaging
Ernest Sternberg; Allen J. Krisiloff; Roland R. Schindler, Editor(s)

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