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Knowledge management in successful technology transfer (Case study: Iranian aerospace industries and knowledge-based centers)

Abbas Rafiei (Department of Industrial Engineering, Malek Ashtar University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran.)
Peyman Akhavan (Department of Management, Malek Ashtar University of Technology, Tehran, Iran.)
Saeed Hayati (Department of Statistics, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran.)

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology

ISSN: 0002-2667

Article publication date: 4 January 2016




The present paper aims to identify factors and variables affecting designing and assimilating technology in knowledge-based centers and aerospace industries, to study their relations and, ultimately, to provide a model based on research data.


Structural equation modeling (SEM) using AMOS software was used to study the relations among latent variables. Initially, the right structure of devised measure is assured and, then, by introducing a concept called “invariance”, it is shown that the devised measure structure in both aerospace industries and knowledge-based centers measures the same traits. Finally, the relations among latent variables in both knowledge-based centers and aerospace industries are studied and compared through SEM.


Findings indicate that there is a significant and positive relationship between knowledge management and successful technology transfer effectiveness. Further relational and organizational capabilities as key factors and facilitators play a mediating role between knowledge management and technology transfer effectiveness.

Practical implications

According to the direct impact of knowledge management on successful technology transfer, it is appropriate that domestic managers in research centers and aerospace industries pay more attention to technology transfer and pave the ground for executing its processes and mechanisms.


In the model provided in the theoretical literature, the sequence of technology transfer is addressed more, while the capabilities of technology sender (university), technology receptor (industry), knowledge management and its influence role in technology transfer from university to industry are not considered.



Rafiei, A., Akhavan, P. and Hayati, S. (2016), "Knowledge management in successful technology transfer (Case study: Iranian aerospace industries and knowledge-based centers)", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 88 No. 1, pp. 178-188.



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