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An exploratory study on the commercialisation of heat pump-fluidised bed drying technology

Wijesinghe, B. and Kiridena, S. and Liyanage, S. (2004) An exploratory study on the commercialisation of heat pump-fluidised bed drying technology. In: 37th Annual AIFST Convention & Exhibition: Innovation concept creation commercialisation, 25-28 July 2004, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Fluidised bed-heat pump drying technology offers distinctive advantages over the existing drying technology employed in the Australian food industry. However, as is the case with many other examples of innovations that have had clear relative advantages, the rates of adoption and diffusion of this technology have been very slow. "Why does this happen?" is the theme of this research study that has been undertaken with an objective to analyse a range of issues related to the market acceptance of technological innovations.

The research methodology included the development of an integrated conceptual model based on an extensive review of literature in the areas of innovation diffusion, technology transfer and industrial marketing. Three major determinants associated with the market acceptance of innovations were identified as the characteristics of the innovation, adopter information processing capability and the influence of the innovation supplier on the adoption process. This was followed by a study involving more than 30 small and medium enterprises identified as potential adopters of fluidised bed-heat pump drying technology in the Australian food industry.

The findings revealed that judgment was the key evaluation strategy employed by potential adopters in the particular industry sector. Further, it was evidenced that the innovations were evaluated against a predetermined criteria covering a range of aspects with emphasis on a selected set of attributes of the innovation. Implication of these findings on the commercialisation of fluidised bed-heat pump drying technology was established, and a series of recommendations was made to the innovation supplier (DPI/FT) enabling it to develop an effective commercialisation strategy.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:© The State of Queensland, Department of Primary Industries & Fisheries. Copyright protects this publication. Except for purposes permitted by the Copyright Act 1968, reproduction by whatever means is prohibited without prior written permission of the Department of Primary Industries & Fisheries, Queensland.
Keywords:Heat pump; drying technology; fluidised bed-heat.
Subjects:Technology > Technology (General)
Deposited On:02 Aug 2005
Last Modified:17 Jun 2011 01:22

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