Competence Profile of Technology Transfer Manager

What is Technology Transfer Manager profession? What are the main responsibilities of this manager? What knowledge and experience should he/she possess to successfully transfer and implement technology? Who are current technology managers? University of Lodz with other partners of international project ETM – The European Technology Transfer Manager tried to find answers for this and other question. Consortium members conducted a detailed study on the state of the art concerning technology transfer in all partner countries, elaborating the Technology Transfer Manager (TTM) competence profile at national and European level. The study was based on the analysis of 326 questionnaires, 40 in-depth interviews with TTMs and 8 focus group involving the representatives of national technology transfer organizations and conducted in all partner countries.

The report identifies the principal units of competence for the TTM profile, especially focusing on the theoretical knowledge and the practical skills needed from this emerging professional figure, which is mostly unrecognized in the partner countries. It also contains a national analysis on technology transfer and some recommendations for the training of TTMs. Most of the respondents were middle age men (61%), usually directors or managers of innovative companies, universities or research centers, with more than 10 years of experience and a technical scientific background (37% Engineers, 19% Physics and Chemists, 30% Economic area). Although all the respondent effectively work as Technology Transfer Managers, the 80% of the interviewed target group never attended a training course on technology transfer management and almost nobody has an official recognition or certification. Additionally people with different competences and experience undertake this profession, hence, it seems crucial to define a shared European TTM profile. Full report can be find on the project website

ETM project is been funded with support from the European Commission LEONARDO DA VINCI (Development of Innovation) programme. The duration of the project is 01.01.2013 – 30.06.2015. The consortium is composed by 1 University, 2 Chambers of Commerce, 3 vocational education and training (VET) providers, 2 local development agencies, 1 consultancy company.

Contact person: Karolina Tomczyk

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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