Research-Technology Management

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

Articles from Vol. 45, No. 4, July-August

Alcatel Balances Research, Partners, Investment. (Corporate Strategy)
The economic downturn has not spared Alcatel, a global telecommunications leader headquartered in Paris. Recently, this slump has forced Alcatel to cut its R&D force by about 20 percent, but the company still believes it has the right prescription...
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Do You Know If You Are Trusted? (the Human Side)
Do you know the level of trust in your organization? Do the people who work for you trust what you tell them? Do they trust each other enough to share their ideas and sensitive information? Do they trust you enough to tell you why they disagree with...
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Federal Innovation Policy Can Help-And Hurt-Economy, Economists Say. (Perspectives: News and Views of the Current Research * Technology Management Scene)
Inconsistent actions by the U.S. government to promote competition and economic growth can actually hinder innovation and economic prosperity, according to five economists who offered examples and some remedies at the third annual "Innovation Policy...
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Financial Management of R&D 2002: The Financial Environment Affecting R&D Has Been Transformed Dramatically since the Mid-1980s. New Patterns of Funding Have Evolved, Attitudes toward Risk and Value Are More Sophisticated, and Analysts Are Armed with New Tools for Measuring Intellectual Capital
Industrial R&D is characteristically a high-risk investment with a deferred payoff. Its importance to industrial societies, and to individual firms within these economies, is paramount; Lawrence Lau has estimated that more than 50 percent of the...
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Globalization within the Auto Industry: A Major Benefit of Globalization for GM Has Been Access to Technology Being Developed around the World
Competitive pressures have forced most companies (and countries) to increase their focus on innovation. This pressure to innovate has increased the need for talented engineers and scientists--not only in the rapidly evolving computer and communications...
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Greater Visibility for R&D. (Corporate Strategy).(research and Development in North American Industry Classification System( (NAICS))(Brief Article)
Research and development gets a boost in the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), which has recently replaced the U.S. Standard Industrial Classification (SIC). U.S., Canadian and Mexican government agencies and businesses use...
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Improve Tech Literacy, Expert Group Urges. (Corporate Strategy)
Once again there's a call for improving the technological literacy of Americans, more of whom pay attention to astrologers than to astronomers. This time the call comes from a committee of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Research...
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Odds Are Stacked When Science Tries to Debate Pseudoscience. (One Point of View)
I vividly remember the first time I was hijacked on the radio. I had agreed to participate in a debate for a Florida radio program that specialized in alien visits and U.F.O. sightings. My better judgment suggested that I should be wary. But I thought...
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Product Development-Faster, On-Time: Some Popular Tactics Work Well, but Others-Like Co-Location and Team Isolation-Can Actually Slow Down a Project, This Study Shows
Speeding NPD and improving on-time project completion have for some time been top priorities at many firms (1-4). How can this be done? Strategic choices made in the idea generation stage certainly affect NPD time (5). The influences of end users,...
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Reinventing Corporate Research: Research Organizations in Established Enterprises Need to Take Advantage of, and Optimally Leverage, Venture-Funded Companies and Their Associated Management Practices
Venture capital funding for new companies has increased dramatically during the past five years, returning on average about 40 percent/year despite negative returns from June 2000 through June 2001 (1). The large number of new start-ups provides a...
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Set the "Fuzzy Front End" in Concrete. (Managers at Work)
"Fuzzy front end"--fatuous fallacy! The "Stage-Gate process" is typically depicted with a little light bulb in a circle captioned "Ideation" as the starting point for new product development. However, if you start there, the new product coming out...
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Technology Outsourcing in the U.S. and Japan: Research Confirms the Growing Importance of External Technology to Companies in Both Countries-Reduced R&D Budgets Are One Reason
Why look to external sources for technology? What are the tactics and strategies employed to take advantage of such technology? Are there opportunities for competitive advantage in the way a company manages the process of acquiring external technology?...
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