Knowledge mapping: The consolidation of the technology management discipline

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Book Chapter

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College of Business


This chapter presents a method of conceptual mapping of knowledge during the consolidation process of an interdisciplinary domain into an emerging discipline. This approach allows tracking the evolution of an emerging discipline of technology management. Three paradigms have played major role in recent development of the emerging discipline: engineering management paradigm (EM), management of technology paradigm (MOT), and technological entrepreneurship paradigm (TE). The evolution of knowledge base for technology management may be viewed as a process that started in the 1940s when initial courses and educational programs of engineering administration and/or engineering management were established. E. Roberts contributed greatly to the advancement of the new subfield of technology management discipline. Technology management is emerging as a discipline from a broad pool of interdisciplinary knowledge addressing specific needs of managerial practice. Expansion of knowledge in the domain of technology management was accompanied by simultaneous consolidation.

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© 2005 by Taylor & Francis. Publisher’s version of record: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315135571-2

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Theory of Technology