Exploring the operating efficiency of Technology Development Programs by an intellectual capital perspective - A case study of Taiwan

Wen Min Lu, Shiu Wan Hung

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Abstract

Government supported technological research and development can help the private sector to compete globally. A more accurate evaluation system considering multi-factor performance is highly desired. This study offers an alternative perspective and characterization of the performance of Technology Development Programs (TDPs) via a two-stage process that emphasizes research and development (R&D) and technology diffusion. This study shall employ a sequential data envelopment analysis (DEA) with a non-parametric statistical analysis to analyze differences in intellectual capital variables among various TDPs. The results reveal that R&D performance is better than technology diffusion performance for the TDPs. In addition, the Mechanical, Mechatronic, and Transportation field is more efficient than the other fields in both R&D and technology diffusion performance models. The findings of this study point to the importance of intellectual capital in achieving high levels of TDP efficiency. The potential applications and strengths of DEA and intellectual capital in assessing the performance of TDP are also highlighted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)374-383
Number of pages10
JournalTechnovation
Volume31
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2011

Keywords

  • Data envelopment analysis
  • Intellectual capital
  • Technology Development Programs

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