Research-Technology Management

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

Articles from Vol. 56, No. 1, January-February

2013 R&D Trends Forecast: Results from the Industrial Research Institute's Annual Survey: IRI's 2012 Trends Survey Results Suggest That R&D Leaders Are Anticipating a Year of Weak Yet Stable Growth
Following several years of wide investment swings due to a drastically changing economic landscape, the Industrial Research Institute's (IRI) 2012 survey results suggest that R&D leaders are anticipating a year of weak yet stable growth. Responses...
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A Cambrian Moment
"The future is already here--it's just not very evenly distributed. " William Gibson As this issue of RTM arrives in your mailbox, IRI--our publisher--enters its 75th year. It does so at what John Seely Brown would call a Cambrian moment for...
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A Fresh Twist on Online Learning
In recent years, college-level online learning has emerged as a useful adjunct to on-site training without presenting any threat to traditional brick-and-mortar universities. But fall 2012 saw the arrival of a new approach to remote higher education--pioneered,...
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Assessing Interface Challenges in Product Development Projects: Product Development Challenges Can Be Anticipated Based on Contextual, Technical System, and Organizational Interfaces
New product development (NPD) can be characterized as a process by which technology is incorporated into new product concepts, which are designed to fit certain manufacturing systems (Clark and Fujimoto 1991; Adler 1995). Thus, a product-development...
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Big Data: The Next Big Thing in Innovation
We are drowning in data--data from social media streams, digital images, banking and transaction records, sensors, GPS signals, and countless other sources. We create nearly 12 terabytes each day in tweets alone. And the flow is accelerating; 90% of...
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Close-But Challenging-Sino-European Research Collaboration
At a summit in late 2012, Europe and China took steps to deepen their collaboration in science and technology amid a rapidly shifting global research and innovation scene. The two economic powers agreed to a new Innovation Cooperation Dialogue at the...
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Clustering Research, Education, and Entrepreneurship: Nanotech Innovation at MINATEC in Grenoble: A Regional Innovation Cluster in Grenoble, France, Focused on Micro- and Nanotechnologies Offers a Model for Structuring Such Clusters to Leverage Synergies between Participating Organizations
The geographic clustering of research centers, R&D facilities, institutions for higher education, and enterprise incubators fruitfully promotes flows of knowledge, money, and collaboration while also fostering the growth of the involved actors...
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IRI 2038: Envisioning the Future of R&D
What will R&D look like in twenty-five years? How will your job get done? The future is happening now, developing from tiny tremors in the environment. Today's weak signals--emerging trends and indicators of future trends in business, technology,...
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IRI Celebrates 75 Years of Industrial R&D Thought Leadership
The Industrial Research Institute will celebrate this year a significant milestone: its seventy-fifth birthday. IRI began in 1938 as a branch of the National Research Council's (NRC) Department of Engineering and Industrial Research (DEIR), becoming...
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It's All about People: Sophie Vandebroek: As Xerox's Chief Technology Officer since 2006, Sophie Vandebroek Oversees the Company's Research Centers around the World, Leading a Diverse Corps of Researchers to Create Breakthrough Innovations
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When I was seven years old, I dreamed of becoming an astronaut. My parents woke me at 4:00 a.m. to watch Nell Armstrong set foot on the moon. That vision stuck with me and encouraged me to study engineering. I got my Master's...
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Managing Global Innovation: Frameworks for Integrating Capabilities around the World
Managing Global Innovation: Frameworks for Integrating Capabilities around the World Yvez L. Doz and Keeley Wilson (Boston MA: Harvard Business Review Press, 2012) How can companies maximize the value of their innovation networks by working toward...
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Navigating the VUCA World: An Interview with Bob Johansen
Bob Johansen has been forecasting the future for over 30 years at the Institute for the Future (IFTF), an independent, nonprofit research group whose mission is to advocate for the value of looking at the future. He has outlived three 10-year forecasts,...
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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 Community Forum
Q: What major trends do you see in R&D in the next five years? Help our Research-on-Research group stay ahead of the curve by letting us know what you see on the horizon of R&D research in the next five years. Our group is working on an...
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Sharing Research Equipment to Bridge Intraorganizational Boundaries: The Cases of Novartis and ETH Zurich: Shared Equipment Arrangements Can Help Overcome Organizational Barriers That Impede Knowledge Sharing
The structure of R&D organizations is subject to a fundamental trade-off. Research activities can be organized around multidisciplinary project teams or in a set of functional structures with distinct technology focuses (Allen 1986). The functional...
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The Architecture of Innovation: The Economics of Creative Organizations
The Architecture of Innovation: The Economics of Creative Organizations Josh Lerner (Cambridge, MA: Harvard Business Review Press, 2012) While some general principles of product development have emerged in the decades since the emergence of corporate...
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The State of Corporate Venturing: Insights from a Global Study: A Global Study of Leading Corporate Venture Units Offers Some Insights into Current Venturing Strategies and Practices
Corporate venturing is on the rise. The growing intensity of corporate venturing activities since the start of 2011 has been described as a resurgence or a golden age (Mawson 2011). While the current financial and economic environment determines the...
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Your Teams Aren't Good Enough
Welcome to Reality Check. In this column, I'll paint provocative pictures for innovation managers based on snippets from science, history, demographics, and respected business observers. As an experimental scientist, I promise to be objective and cite...
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