- Pranab Chatterjee, Pranab ChatterjeeCase Western Reserve University, Emeritus
- Heehyul MoonHeehyul MoonRaymond A. Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville
- and Derrick KrankeDerrick KrankeUniversity of Southern California
The term technology transfer was first used widely during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations when the role of the United States in relation to developing countries was being formed. At that time, it meant knowledge transfer from the rich countries to the poor countries. In social work, the idea is important in efforts of community organization, community development, and social development. It is also an important idea in direct practice. Technology in these practice settings means the application of a basic social science toward facilitating one or more given ends that benefit human beings. Technology transfer means the passing on of such applied knowledge from one discipline or specialty to another. The application of technology transfer also requires understanding of the cultural setting where it originates as well as of the setting where it is imported for local use.