Research-Technology Management

Magazine for managers of research, development, and technology implementation.

Articles from Vol. 53, No. 5, September/October

Cycle Time Reduction in Defense Acquisition
The Department of Defense must be able to evaluate, acquire, and deploy new technology rapidly in order to accomplish its mission. A more fl exible approach can bring DoD development processes more in line with commercial practices and substantially...
Gene Patents, the Anticommons, and the Biotechnology Industry
The legal definition of patentable intellectual property (IP) is rapidly evolving, with passionate proponents of both strong IP protections and increased open access to IP. The discussion in this opinion piece relates to the debate under way in the biotechnology...
Germany Leads Europe in Hydrogen Fuel-Cell R&D
Building on research projects initiated in the late 1980s, Germany has quietly become the European leader in hydrogen fuel cell research. Nowhere on the Continent are more research teams at work and more demonstration projects underway than in the birthplace...
Good Practices in Open Innovation
To access all of the promise of open innovation, organizations need tools and processes that allow them to fully exploit opportunities. A set of twelve core "good practices" for collaborative innovation defi ne the key inputs to the open innovation system,...
Industry-Defined Fundamental Research: Creating an Agenda for Basic Research
IRI's Industry-Defi ned Fundamental Research program is designed to give industry a voice in developing the basic science agenda for U.S. researchers.OVERVIEW: The Industry-Defi ned Fundamental Research program is designed to bring together industrial...
Innovating for Effectiveness: Lessons from Design Firms
R&D managers seeking to infuse new energy into their innovation processes should look to the recognized superstars of innovation, design fi rms, for inspiration.OVERVIEW: Product and business innovation are integral to corporate growth. Insights...
Iri Community Forum
Questions and Answers from IRI's MembersQ: Do shared service centers work?Our company is considering moving to a shared service center model for several of our functions. We would like to hear from individuals with experience of shared service centers....
Making Strategic Innovation Work: An Interview with Vijay Govindarajan
Vijay Govindarajan talks with RTM Editor-in-Chief James Euchner about how to put his 10 rules for strategic innovators into practice.In 10 Rules for Strategic Innovators, Vijay Govindarajan and co-author Chris Trimble discuss what it takes to innovate...
Maximizing the Value of Industrial Design in New Product Development
Most companies could benefi t by integrating design into their new-product development processes, but design and traditional processes do not mesh easily. Recognizing and resolving the cultural and process barriers between design and other functional...
News Briefs
May 28-The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passes the America COMPETES Act of 2010 (HR 5116) in a bipartisan vote of 262-150. The America COMPETES Act will reauthorize funding for basic research programs, including the National Science Foundation,...
Public Universities Face Funding Crisis
The financial trauma of the past two years has had a serious effect on public higher education, as state governments required by law to balance their budgets have reduced support, cut programs, and raised tuition for their state universities and colleges....
The 2009 European Innovation Scoreboard: EU Lags US & Japan While China Is Closing Gap with EU
The 2009 European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS), published earlier this year by the European Commission, offers insight into the EU innovation environment (http:// www.proinno-europe.eu/page/europeaninnovation- scoreboard-2009). This ninth edition of the...
The Foresight Process: Futures Studies and Scenario Planning
With this issue, we introduce a reimagined Information Resources. What was a simple list of provocative but unrelated current readings now becomes another durable resource to complement our feature articles and other columns. In this space, we'll offer...
The Limits of Crowds
As of this writing, and after 88 days of concerted effort, the oil spill at the site of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico has been capped, at least temporarily stopping an unprecedented fl ow of oil into the ocean. Given the damage...