Research-Technology Management

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

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

'Cambridge Phenomenon' Hits Mid Life Crisis
Fifty years ago, Tim Eiloart and David Southward, two entrepreneurs in Cambridge, England, started a technology consulting company called Cambridge Consultants to "put the brains of Cambridge University at the disposal of British industry." In the...
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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...
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Dealing with the Chinese Dragon
Second of a two-part series After more than two decades providing cheap labor to fuel the world's manufacturing processes, the Chinese government has begun a campaign to foster "independent innovation"--homegrown science and technology that can...
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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
Open innovation is now generally accepted as providing companies with a broad, long-term strategy for developing new technologies and exploring new markets. Frequently, an open-innovation program includes efforts to reach out to external researchers,...
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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
"Catching up" is a central theme for local firms in emerging markets because multinational enterprises (MNEs) enjoy huge first-mover advantages in both developing advanced technologies and capturing market share (Chandler 2005; Amsden 2001). Local...
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Industrial Research Institute's R&D Trends Forecast for 2011: Investment in R&D Is Projected to Rebound as Focus on Innovation Intensifies
The 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 across a broad range of industries provided input to the survey; their responses...
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Innovation Puzzles
I'm a longtime fan of the New York Times crossword puzzle; I rarely miss a day, and completing a Saturday puzzle is cause for a small celebration. Over the years, at conferences and on flights, I've discovered that a lot of innovators are also puzzle...
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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
Most companies want the same thing--a healthy pipeline of breakthrough products and services that will provide robust and steady profits. To achieve this, companies often reach out to their customers directly in order to tap into what matters most...
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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 that sustain a company--listening to customers and investing in innovations to meet those customers' needs--can ultimately lead to failure....
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National Science Board Report Focuses on Developing Future Innovators
The United States is at present engaged in an ongoing, and often heated, debate about how to reform education; much of that discussion focuses on how to support students who lag behind. It is undeniably critical to the nation's future that every child...
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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 That Lead to Successful Spin-Outs and Illustrate the Possible Advantages of Spin-Outs
The number of corporate R&D spin-outs in the pharmaceutical industry has increased significantly in recent years (Ramirez and Duberley 2010; Chemmanur and Yan 2004; Dewdney and Smith 1998). This may be the result of several market forces currently...
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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 function effectively and productively in different cultural contexts and collaborate with counterparts...
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The Battle for the Net
The election season just completed has not been without big issues to debate--the economy, healthcare, national security. But all but lost in the political circus is a technical issue that could profoundly shape the Internet and how we use it. The...
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The Revolution Will Be Shared: Social Media and Innovation
Many executives still hear only the "social" in "social media"--and think "recreational time waster." But social media has a place in the business world, and that place is much bigger than LinkedIn and extends far beyond the marketing department. From...
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The Social Factor: Innovate, Ignite, and Win through Mass Collaboration and Social Networking
The Social Factor: Innovate, Ignite, and Win Through Mass Collaboration and Social Networking Maria Azua (Upper Saddle River, NJ. IBM Press, 2010) Communications and computing technologies are the foundation for today's mobile, global, information-rich...
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Web 2.0 and Social Networking for the Enterprise
Web 2.0 and Social Networking for the Enterprise Joey Bernal (Upper Saddle River, NJ." IBM Press, 2009) In Web 2.0 and Social Networking for the Enterprise, Joey Bernal takes on the difficult task of creating concrete guidelines for leveraging...
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