A New Hybrid Decision Making Method for Selecting Roller Concrete Road Pavement Technology Transfer Method

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering , Semnan University, Semnan, Iran

2 MSc Grad., Department of Industrial Engineering , Semnan University, Semnan, Iran


In today's competitive market, technology transfer is an important problem for firms, organizations and governments. Therefore, making right decisions on selecting a suitable technology and designing an appropriate process to transfer it may have significant influence on the performance of organizations. In this paper, we present a new method to obtain a suitable technology transfer strategy for roller concrete road pavement using Modified Digital Logic (MDL) and Technique for Order Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution (TOPSIS). Concrete pavements have been used extensively for paving highways and airports as well as business and residential streets. First, we determine the criteria and alternatives which affect technology transfer using Delphi method. Then, the attribute relative importance is calculated by MDL. Eventually, the priority of all alternatives are achieved using TOPSIS. As the result, 8 criteria (transfer cost, transfer time, technology absorbency, accessibility to market, being up-to-date along with other technologies, human resource capability, ability of providing required equipment and special political and legal conditions) and 10 available alternatives (purchasing its technical knowledge, joint venture, importing capital goods, buy back contracts, licensing, turnkey project respectively, reverse engineering, recruiting scientific and technical personnel, technical and engineering aids contracts and foreign direct investment) were identified for roller concrete road pavement technology transfer. Results show that human resource capability, being up-to-date along with other technologies, and the ability to provide required equipment have the greatest weight, respectively. Moreover, purchasing its technical knowledge, Joint venture and importing capital goods are the best approach for roller concrete road pavement technology transfer, respectively.


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