The Role of Technology Transfer Offices in Türkiye's Development Policies

Bahattin Gökhan Topal, Batuhan Bilici, Nijat Mehdiyev


The development policies and industrialization processes in our country have undergone changes with the increasing technological advancements. Technology management is a concept that focuses on the development of technological capabilities, particularly in conjunction with the development of new products. In this context, the traditional structure of technology management has been centered around research and development (R&D) activities. However, thanks to industrialization and new development policies, it has become evident that technology management can deviate from its traditional structure and contribute to product development, providing a sustainable competitive advantage. For this purpose, the utilization of new technological advancements is necessary. Universities play a crucial role in the development, delivery, and transfer of technologies. Therefore, Technology Transfer Offices, Technology Development Centers (TEKMERs), and Technology Development Centers are of critical importance. Collaboration with the public sector is essential in conducting R&D activities, formulating development policies, and utilizing innovative technologies. The primary objective of this study is to evaluate the roles, practices, and principles of Technology Transfer Offices and Technology Development Centers within the framework of industrialization and development policies established in our country. In achieving the outcomes of R&D activities, universities, Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs), and Technology Development Centers (TDCs) have emerged as prominent entities. Emphasis has been placed on the significance of creating a Technology Roadmap to facilitate the progress of industrialization and highlight the importance of transferring new technologies. Within this context, a literature review and document analysis have been conducted.


Technology Management, Development Policies, Technology Transfer Office, Technology Development Zones

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