Research-Technology Management

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

Articles from Vol. 47, No. 3, May-June

Benchmarking Best NPD Practices-II: Strategy, Resource Allocation and Portfolio Management Are the Focus of This Second in a Three-Part Series
Countless pundits have pointed to the need for a product innovation and technology strategy for the business (1), and to translate that strategy into effective resource allocation via portfolio management methods (2). These are the subjects of this...
Corporate Responses to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
What happens when external forces cause a new technology domain to explode faster than a company's internal tools can handle? Billions of dollars in global spending and large numbers of startup ventures around the world in the domain of "nanoscience...
Energizing a De-Energizer
The following hypothetical human resources issue has, like so many of its ilk, no "correct" solution. To help your colleagues deal with such a situation, please tell us how you would resolve it. We'll print as many as space permits. The Editor "Tom...
Fewer Science Students Applying to U.S. Institutions
Fewer international graduate students are applying to study in the United States, according to a survey conducted by the Association of International Educators, in Washington, D.C., and four other education groups. Declines in international graduate...
Human Capital Measurement: The Centrality of People to Knowledge-Intensive Organizations Makes It Important to Measure the ROI on Human Capital. A New Metric Is Designed to Help
The growing dissatisfaction with how R&D investments are accounted for in financial statements has led to a vigorous debate on the measurement and reporting of a wide range of intangibles--often called "intellectual capital"--including brands,...
Industry, Government Leaders Confront World's Innovation Needs
Science policy--the ordered management of research--remains as hard to define as "industrial policy." But research ministers and industry leaders from 30 countries have made a good stab at understanding the forces binding the processes of innovation...
Internationalization of Research and Development and the Emergence of Global R&D Networks
Internationalization of Research and Development and the Emergence of Global R&D Networks; Manuel G. Serapio and Takabumi Hayashi (Eds.); Elsevier Research in International Business, Vol. 8, 2004, 228 pp., $93.55. This volume presents research...
Linkage, Leverage and Leadership Drive Successful Technological Innovation
Recently, I carefully reviewed the work that I had done during the last decade in carrying out two global benchmarking activities in 1992 (1) and 1999 (2) of the world's largest R&D spenders. These were the major companies in the U.S. and Canada,...
Nine New Roles for Technology Managers: Connecting Technology Creation to Profitable Markets Requires Today's Technology Manager to Perform the New and Much More Comprehensive and Integrative Roles of "Technology Development Manager."
Competitive success today demands business-building programs in which technologies generated in the lab are rapidly converted into deployable capabilities and speedily commercialized and diffused into new markets. The leader of a technology development...
Research-Technology Management Ranked No. 3 in Citation Study
A recent citation-based study by N. Thongpapanl and myself has found Research-Technology Management (RTM) to be the third-ranked Technology Innovation Management specialty journal (see Linton, J. D. and N. Thongpapanl. "Perspective: Ranking the Technology...
Strategic Flexibility in R&D: How to Use Project Selection to Prepare for an Unpredictable Future
Project selection is a critical lever in increasing the effectiveness of the research function in technology-driven companies. As a consequence, there is no shortage of analytical frameworks to help guide R&D managers in making project selection...
Using the Market to Determine IP's Fair Market Value; New Valuation Methods Can Help CTOs Carry out Their Mission of Being "Business Scientists, "Extracting Maximum Cash Value from Their Organization's Intellectual Property
The value of a company's intellectual property (IP) helps determine both the quantity and cost of its working capital. This relationship is a relatively new phenomenon and is neither linear nor transparent. Because R&D activity is now under a financial...
What You Should Know about Using Surveys
Surveys are commonplace in organizations, with more than 70 percent of U.S. organizations using them regularly (1). R&D managers can use surveys to understand the perceptions, thoughts, feelings, and behavior of scientists, project managers, teams,...