Research-Technology Management

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

Articles from Vol. 54, No. 1, January/February

Building R&D Capability: China's Cultural Evolution
First of a two-part seriesAlmost four decades after Mao Zedong's cultural revolution destroyed much of China's academic and scientific infrastructure, the country is in the throes of a new ferment. In this case the object is creation, not destruction:...
By-Product Synergy Projects: Regional Collaboration Engines Driving Innovation
U.S manufacturers literally throw away millions of dollars in resources every year. As one recent report has noted, "even the leanest manufacturing process does not eliminate the problems of yield loss or occasional off-specifi cation products" (Gromacki...
Constructing Collaboration
A manager leading an essential development project, one central to the large technology company's stated strategy, needed collaboration from other parts of the organization to reach project goals. But he faced resistance from other managers who felt...
Developing New Technology Platforms for New Business Models: Syngenta's Partnership with the University of Manchester
The university innovation center offers a model for industry-university collaboration that explores both new technologies and the business models to support their commercialization.OVERVIEW: Evidence from academic studies and national-level policy reports...
Effective Strategies to Catch Up in the Era of Globalization: Experiences of Local Chinese Telecom Equipment Firms
Chinese telecom equipment firms illustrate successful models for local firms in emerging economies to catch up to and compete with multinationals.OVERVIEW: Firms in emerging markets have traditionally followed one of two strategies to catch up with multinational...
Industrial Research Institute's R&d Trends Forecast for 2011
Investment in R&D is projected to rebound as focus on innovation intensifiesThe Industrial Research Institute's (IRI) 2010 survey of member companies suggests that 2011 may see a dramatic turnaround in R&D investment. This year, 119 companies...
IRI Awards Grants in Industry-Defined Fundamental Research Program
On August 19, 2010, the Industrial Research Institute announced awards totaling $1 million under its Industry- Defined Fundamental Research program. Each of two research teams was awarded $500,000 to support work identified by an advisory committee as...
Lead-User Research for Breakthrough Innovation
Lead-user research can help companies uncover both unmet customer needs and the innovative solutions that leading-edge users are developing to meet those needs.OVERVIEW: The best companies often work closely with their customers to uncover needs and...
Managing Disruption: An Interview with Clayton Christensen
Clayton Christensen talks with James Euchner about how companies can anticipate disruption and the challenges of managing disruptive change.Clay Christensen is best known for formulating "the innovator's dilemma": the observation that the same behaviors...
News Briefs
June 24-Oxford University announces the establishment of a fund to support proof-of-concept and prototyping work for inventions based on research done at the university. The intent of the fund is to provide support across the gap between invention and...
Optimizing the R&d Process Using Spin-Outs: Case Studies from the Pharmaceutical Industry
R&D spin-outs can offer an attractive mechanism for increasing the effectiveness and reach of R&D activities while maintaining the focus of the core business. A study of 42 spin-outs in the European pharmaceutical industry reveals the attributes...
Questions and Answers from Iri's Members
What are IRI members talking about? These questions were recently posed on IRI's Member Community Forum.Q: What capabilities do you need to work globally?What behavioral and organizational capabilities have been successful for R&D organizations to...
Silicon Valley with Snow?
The site in Skolkovo is still a largely vacant tract of land in a region home to long, subzero winters. It's also near the seat of a government known for its overbearing control. Nevertheless, Russian policymakers and scientific advisors hope to someday...
The Revolution Will Be Shared: Social Media and Innovation
In this space, we offer a series of summaries on key topics, with pointers to important resources, to keep you informed of new developments and help you expand your repertoire of tools and ideas. We welcome your contributions, in the form of suggestions...