Knowledge diffusion and transfer of technology: Conceptual premises and concrete steps for human services innovators

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    Abstract

    This article examines the premises and processes involved in disseminating knowledge, transferring new technology, or innovating programs in the personal social services. In addition, this article reviews the literature on knowledge diffusion and provides examples from two successful technology transfer projects in Pennsylvania that continue to thrive well past the initial stages of transfer. The basic premises of knowledge diffusion are reviewed, and concrete, specific steps that can guide innovators in the human services are presented. This article provides principles that can enlighten the way in which managers and service providers introduce and nurture changes in human services organizations.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)670-682
    Number of pages13
    JournalSocial Work (United States)
    Volume40
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 1995

    Keywords

    • Innovations
    • Knowledge diffusion
    • Technology transfer

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Sociology and Political Science

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