Stevenson (Ying-Yu) Huang, Yan-Ping Chi


The objective of this study is to present a bibliometric approach to current research trends and a historical review of technology transfer from 1964 to 2012. The bibliometric analytical technique is used to examine the literature productivity, based on the scope of 3,779 literatures of technology transfer both in SCI-EXPANDED and SSCI journals. This study implemented and classified those literatures of technology transfer using eight categories for different distribution status in order to explore how technology transfer trends and applications have developed in this timespan. Also, the study will perform Bradford-Zipf plot. The analysis provides a roadmap to guide future research and abstract the trend information so that researchers can study more efficient since kernel knowledge has been concentrated in major categories. This study also implies that the phenomenon "success breeds success" is more common in higher quality research publications.


Technology transfer, Literature productivity, Bradford-Zipf plot, Technology transfer research, Technology trends, Technology forecasts.


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