Research-Technology Management

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

Articles from Vol. 51, No. 5, September-October

Aligning an R&D Portfolio with Corporate Strategy: A Successful R&D Strategy Requires Operational Excellence and an Agile Technology Organization, Able to Move Quickly and Efficiently to Surmount the Challenges of a Fluid Project Portfolio
Managing an R&D portfolio for expedited/on-time commercial delivery across diverse businesses and within a rapidly changing corporate environment is a formidable undertaking. The challenge is intensified because business units pursue diverse strategies,...
Atlas of Technological Advance: A New Tool Is Being Created to Help Corporate Strategists Gain Technological Acumen and Awareness
Long-term corporate course-setting is the ultimate strategic responsibility of corporate leaders. As such, it involves the CEO and the strategy team. Frequently the strategy team also includes members of the corporate board and the executive committee....
Building University Relationships in China
Gridley! Gridley! Get in here; we're in crisis mode! We need someone to develop relationships with Chinese universities pronto. Our competitors are ahead of us and if we don't move fast, all the good technology will be gone. Here's an emergency 24-hour...
Europe Rival to MIT Advances
After years of intensive political debate on policy and funding, Europe is now moving ahead with its plans to create a rival to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It's been a long, bumpy path, with the outcome not at all certain. In...
France's Competition Clusters Seek to Boost Industry Innovation
Whence the term entrepreneur, that all-American classifier for the successful man or woman industrialist? It comes from Jean-Baptiste Say, economist and a captain of the textile industry in 1805. Who invented venture capital? It was military engineer...
Harnessing Competencies, Capabilities and Resources: Like an Axe Splitting Wood, Market Penetration Depends on the Alignment of Technological Competencies, Capabilities and Resources
"Core Competencies are the collective learning in the organization, especially how to coordinate diverse production skills and integrate multiple streams of technologies," Prahalad and Hamel wrote in 1990 (1). Their introduction of core competencies...
Keeping U.S. Industry Competitive in the Global Economy
Innovation and new technologies are universally understood to be critical to continued United States competitiveness in the global marketplace. Questions such as: Is the U.S. sufficiently supporting basic research? Has the relationship between industry...
Managing the Opportunity Portfolio: Innovation and Corporate Strategy Must Feed off Each Other through Dialogue. the Portfolio Planning Process Described Here Provides the Foundation for That Dialogue
Imagine you have to take over a struggling soccer team. As coach, you would face two difficult questions: what type of soccer you want your team to play--you could stress offense or defense--and which players you should pick. The composition of your...
Mobilizing an R&D Organization through Strategy Cascading: Effective Strategy Implementation in R&D Depends on Clarity, Empowerment, Dialogue, and Motivation-Not on Control
Connecting technical efforts to the business is a major challenge for R&D management of large companies. Lack of this alignment results in running after technical feats (the infamous playful engineers who have fun pursuing "gold plated," over-designed...
R&D and Business Strategy
This special issue of Research * Technology Management features six invited articles on the linkages and relationships between R&D and the business strategy. The readers of RTM are aware of the importance of product and services innovation to the...
Singapore to Open Fusionopolis
In October, Singapore will celebrate the opening of the second major R&D hub that this Southeast Asian country has built this decade. The new, futuristic hub called Fusionopolis will feature research in the physical sciences and engineering to...
Special Issue: Continental-Scale Ecology in an Increasingly Connected World
Special Issue: Continental-scale ecology in an increasingly connected world; Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, June 2008. Ecologists discuss how human influences interact with natural processes to influence global connectivity in this U.S....
Strategies for Driving R&D and Technology Development: No Matter How Well Defined and Articulated, an R&D Strategy Cannot Be Independent from the Rest of the Organization
Technology management in its strategic context is the theoretical focus of this study. Technology management can be defined as "an interdisciplinary field that integrates natural science, engineering, and management knowledge and practices" (1). A...
The Enterprise of the Future
Last May, IBM unveiled results from its 2008 Global CEO survey where we asked more than 1,000 CEOs around the world how their organizations were addressing new and changing customers, global integration, and business model innovation. Not surprisingly,...
United States Economic and Technology Policy
Technological innovation has driven impressive job creation and economic growth, and with it has come increased productivity, low inflation and an unprecedented economic expansion. These trends have been nurtured by industry and government actions...
U.S. R&D Spending Continues Growing
Once again, Schonfeld Associates is forecasting growth in R&D spending by U.S. firms in many industries in the coming calendar year. The 32nd and latest edition of the Libertyville, Illinois consulting firm's annual R&D Ratios & Budgets...
Where Do They Find the Time?
In 1492, while Christopher Columbus was exploring the Atlantic Ocean in search of the Indies, Johannes Trithemius, the Abbot of Sponheim in western Germany, was struggling against the disruptive impact of the printing press. Johannes Gutenberg had...