A Frame Work To Enhance the Technology Transfer for High Rise Building Construction: A Case Study of CBE HQ Project

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Addis Ababa University


The high-rise building construction in Ethiopia has been developed through time which in other words increases the country’s construction industry development. However, the construction of high-rise building has been handled by foreign international contractors due to low capacity of Ethiopia’s construction industry to such buildings. This is due to lack of materials, machineries, equipment, tools, design, management knowledge, new technologies and so on. Even though the high-rise buildings are being constructed by the foreign international contractors for the use of the country in many ways, the local workers must participate and learn new technologies and knowledges from them by using the advantages of working together. This thesis explores the factors that affects the technology transfer in construction project, to be specific in a high-rise building construction industry, prioritize the determinants of technology transfer and develop a frame work for the success of Technology transfer and adaptation. In order to achieve the mentioned purpose, written journals and literatures has been reviewed and with regard to the factors and determinants that drives the success of technology transfer in construction industry in general. For this case study, Commercial Bank of Ethiopia head Quarter (CBE HQ) project is taken. Eighteen technology transfer determinants are identified through detail literature review as well as by studying on the case study project on site. Once important determinants are factored out, questionnaire survey distributed to understand and know the opinion of the experts, engineers and the laborers and rank the determinants as per their importance through the worker’s opinion in the project. The analysis is carried out using fuzzy -TOPSIS method to address both objective and subjective opinions in the ranking of the determinants and factors for the success of technology transfer. Since the opinion of workers differs due to their work experience, the respondents are also weighted. The weighting of the criteria is carried out using Fuzzy AHP method. At the end of this study, a frame work is developed and proposed to implement the determined factors on a project life cycle. Furthermore, means of verification, variable indicators and responsible party for implementing the determined important factors on the project life cycle id discussed.



Technology Transfer, Building Construction project, determinants/factors of Technology transfer, Fuzzy set, Fuzzy TOPSIS