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Title: Technology Transfer and Knowledge Utilization: A Review of Systems and Organizations Relevant to Wood Utilization Research and Product Development in the United States.

Source: Staff Paper Series Number 208. St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota, Department of Forest Resources. 88 pg. Published on Line:2010

Author(s)Ellefson, P.V.; Kilgore, M.A.; Skog, K.E.; Risbrudt, C.D.

Publication Year: 2010  View PDF »

Category: Not Classified
Associated Research Project(s):   FPL-4851-MA

Abstract: Public and private research focused on wood utilization and product development in the United States is an important source of innovation required for sustaining the worldwide competitive position of the wood-based industry. In 2008 an estimated 400 to 500 wood utilization research projects were implemented by 150 to 200 federal, state and private entities. Investments in publically implemented projects were in the range of $110 to $120 million, while, by some estimates, investments in projects sponsored by private concerns exceeded $2.5 billion in the same year (Ellefson and others 2010). Although reviews of research investments such as these have been made at various times in the past, there continues to be an interest in how the research community might better organize and manage its efforts to improve the use of research-produced technologies (National Research Council 2002). The very nature of the subject makes review and evaluation difficult.

Keywords: Forest products; utilization; research; forests; forestry; public-private sector cooperation; partnerships; research institutes; research projects; forest products industry; technological innovations; wood utilization; wood products; wood research; renewable natural resources; natural resources; cooperation; economic aspects; technology transfer; review article; forest products research; research policy; research programs; forest resources

Publication Review Process: Non-Refereed (Other)

File size: 226 kb(s)

Date posted: 11/16/2011
RITS Product ID: 39632
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Skog, Kenneth E.
Supervisory Research Forester

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