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Master of Science in Cost Analysis

First Advisor

Richard M. Franza, PhD


The allocation of resources should be a rational decision making process where alternatives can be compared based on their estimated costs and benefits to the organization. In order to justify technology transfer activities, a sound methodology must be developed that will document the benefits derived from transfer activities. The risks or uncertainties associated with those benefits must also be estimated and analyzed. By detailing the costs, benefits, and uncertainties associated with technology transfer activities, decision makers will have a logical framework that can be used to determine the cost effectiveness of technology transfer. Leaders within the technology transfer arena are searching for better ways of quantifying the tangible and intangible benefits of technology transfer. The goal of this research is to build an acceptable methodology that can be used to identify and quantify the tangible and intangible benefits received within Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) as a result of technology transfers. This exploratory study employs a structured interview methodology to identify and quantify the benefits received by the Air Force through its technology transfer activities.

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Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of Logistics and Acquisition Management of the Air Force Institute of Technology