Trends in the use of multi-criteria decision-making methods in technology transfer processes (a critic review)

William A. Orjuela-Garzon, Santiago Quintero, Mauricio U. Maldonado


The application of multi-criterion decision-making methods allows reducing the ambiguity, imprecision, uncertainty, and subjectivity in human-based judgments when processes of transfer and appropriation of technologies are developed. These types of MCDM are key for developing countries since the efficiency of the transfer process is vital to improve the productivity and competitiveness of companies and territories based on correct prioritization and selection of technologies, the definition of barriers and drivers, or the selection of the best provider, among others. In this sense, it is key to identify what is the evolution in the empirical use of this type of techniques for knowledge management and the reduction of competitive gaps. The objective of this review was to identify the current state-of-the-art of applications and use of methods for multi-criteria decision-making process in sectorial technology transfer, to establish trends, application areas, and future challenges. The review was conducted in the "SCOPUS" database between the years 2010 through 2021. The results showed three major research perspectives: a) Determination of technology-transfer strategies, b) Selection of appropriate technologies and c) Determination of barriers and drivers. The correct selection of transfer strategies and appropriate technologies can improve the efficiency of sectors such as agriculture, renewable energies, manufacturing, and construction that still refuse to introduce innovations, due to barriers such as acquisition and maintenance costs, complexity of use, ease of use. use and perceived utility.


Technology transfer; Decision making; Trends; Uncertainty; Multi-criteria; Multi-attribute; Multi-objective


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