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An Investigation into Barriers of Technology Transfer in the Construction Industry in Iran and Malaysia

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Byung Gyoo Kang1*, Mehrdad Arefi2, Boon Hoe Goh2, Myung Kyu Song2


1Department of Civil Engineering, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China.
2Department of Civil Engineering, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, Jalan Broga, Malaysia.


Technology transfer in the international construction industry is an important source as it helps companies move to better stages of design and construction capabilities. Three main barriers of technology transfer in construction have been identified through literature review—language barrier, cultural barrier and procurement options. The importance of these barriers has been identified through survey in the construction industry in Iran and Malaysia. 102 responses were received. Through SPSS analysis, the impacts of these barriers have been identified. The impact percentages are: language barrier 12.1%, cultural barrier 52.8% and procurement options 88.3%. Future researches are required in procurement options particularly in developing countries.


Technology, Transfer, Construction, Barrier

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Kang, B. , Arefi, M. , Goh, B. and Song, M. (2015) An Investigation into Barriers of Technology Transfer in the Construction Industry in Iran and Malaysia. Open Journal of Social Sciences, 3, 85-91. doi: 10.4236/jss.2015.37015.

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