Technology Transfer and Success Factors of SMEs Food Industry in Thailand: An Exploratory Study
Technology transfer is one of the tools to enhance productivity and efficiency of businesses, thus increases competitiveness. SMEs regularly rely on the external sources of technical and technological assistances. This study aims to explore and identify factors and indicators that affect the success of technology transfer projects in Thai’s SMEs. From literatures, the External factor, the Strategic and Management factor, the R&D factor, the Technological and Manufacturing factor, the Marketing factor, and the Human Resource factor were outlined. A group of SMEs was interviewed, and results showed positive consensus on all factors. The interviews also revealed new factors, included an ability to find the right solution for marketing needs, an ability to understand scientific and technical elements in actual patents, and an ability to translate patent’s technical data to actual production.
Keyword - Food Industry, SMEs, Technology Transfer