This study was initiated as part of a department-wide strategic planning effort of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to assess whether a coordinated technology transfer program will enhance innovation adoption. Interviews with WSDOT employees in all divisions and districts provide the basis of an inventory of current technology practices. A literature review describes the process of technology transfer and the issues relating to an individual's ability to adopt innovation. Additionally, the structure of the organization and the barriers to innovation adoption are discussed based on information obtained from a literature review. Examples of technology transfer programs in other organizations are described to understand how the process is used to adopt innovation.
Based on the employee interviews, and the literature review, specific recommendations and implementation plans are provided in the report. These recommendations are intended to enhance technology transfer in WSDOT and thus increase the ability of the organization to adopt innovations into work methods and practices.