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To What Do Woodworking Firms Attribute Success? Enhancing Technology Transfer to the U.S. Woodworking Industry

Photo of Hardwood parts for cabinet doors being manufactured in a U.S. woodworking facility. Urs Buehlmann, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityHardwood parts for cabinet doors being manufactured in a U.S. woodworking facility. Urs Buehlmann, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversitySnapshot : Recent research has shown that woodworking firms in the United States attribute their success to actions they have taken and their lack of success to external forces largely beyond their control. Understanding this tendency helps researchers tailor programs that best meet practitioners’ needs “where they are” in terms of their relative performance within a given business environment. Enhanced technology transfer can help improve the competitiveness of the U.S. wood products industry.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Bumgardner, Matt 
Research Station : Northern Research Station (NRS)
Year : 2015
Highlight ID : 867

Summary

Understanding managers’ perceptions of competitiveness in the U.S. woodworking industry is important to those working with companies to help maintain a viable wood manufacturing base. One area of interest relative to the overall business environment involves attribution: What do managers believe is the cause of their firm’s success? Forest Service scientists and university researchers applied attribution theory to U.S. wood manufacturers and found that firms realizing recent success were more likely to attribute success to actions they had taken, while less successful firms placed more weight on external factors outside their control. There are clear implications for technology transfer. In the long term, the competitiveness of firms is a function of both internal and external forces, and the findings of this study will help technology providers tailor programs to align with managers’ perceptions of their situations within a given business environment.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

 
  • Urs Buehlmann, Virginia Tech