Research-Technology Management

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

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 5, September/October

Assessing the Value of Your Technology
Management's most serious responsibility is to account for, and to use as effectively as possible, the corporate assets with which it has been entrusted. To date, R&D management has not devised a methodology through which it can satisfactorily discharge...
Changes Ahead - Prepare Now
A young research manager was discouraged: His research budget had been cut, the business manager didn't want to invest in some technology that would have a significant impact in five years, and although a new chemist on the staff had a lead on a new...
China Telecom Experts Confer on Modernization
Telecommunications and information technology in China are about to transform the entire economic and social life of the country and radically change the demands and opportunities of the market. Until recently, businessmen could find even the most basic...
Developing New Products on Time, in Time
Accelerated product development--getting new products to market in record speed and ahead of competition--as become the key to success and profitability, according to many pundits. The dilemma faced by managers is that, while cycle time reduction may...
Emerging Patterns of Innovation: Sources of Japan's Technological Edge
Emerging Patterns of Innovation: Sources of Japan's Technological Edge; Fumio Kodama; Harvard Business School Press, Boston, MA; 1995; 304 pp., $35.00.In this book, Fumio Kodama, professor of science, technology and industry at the University of Tokyo,...
Engineers as Executives: An International Perspective
Engineers as Executives: An International Perspective;William Aspray; IEEE Press, Piscataway, NJ; 1994; 309 pp., $29.00 ($24.00 for IEEE members).This book contains the edited transcripts of interviews with 13 senior executives from the computer, electrical...
How to Recognize a Sound Technology Forecast
The study of the future is a growing enterprise, driven by corporate competitiveness and an aura of uncertainty connected with the imminent new millennium. It is difficult to pick up a newspaper or magazine, much less a professional publication, without...
Human Engineering Leads to Operating Principles for Global Management
In 1988, ABB was formed by a merger of two electrical engineering giants, ASEA of Sweden and Brown Boveri of Switzerland. Other companies were subsequently acquired, including Westinghouse's payer transmission group and Combustion Engineering in the...
Japan Firms Reorganizing at Home and Abroad
Hit by the high yen and Japan's prolonged recession, many Japanese companies are restructuring their R&D to bring products to market faster and to expand their operations overseas, where the strong yen can buy talented researchers.According to the...
Latin America to Strengthen Industrial Research as Spur for Region's Economic Growth
The environment in Latin America today for relating technical change to economic growth is vastly different from the environment of ten, or even five, years ago. In keeping with the moves toward democratic institutions and market economies that characterize...
"Managed Chaos Allows More Creativity"
OVERVIEW: In the biotechnology industry, research projects can take months or decades, new opportunities arise unpredictably, and the competition is intense. Chiron Corp, Emeryville, Calif., has adapted to this environment by cultivating a spirit of...
Measuring Customer Satisfaction
OVERVIEW: Survey research on measuring customer satisfaction using an index, market share and a lead user confirms that satisfaction must be with the firm as an innovator well as with the innovative service or product. The customer is defined as not...
Overcoming Resistance to TQM
A manager in a medical research facility was charged with implementing Total Quality Management (TQM) in his organization. He carefully developed an implementation plan that included all the prescribed steps: a "vision" of quality for the organization,...
Planning a Successful R&D Alliance
Technical alliances, particularly those in R9D, have had a rough road to success. This brief overview describes an alliance that has shown considerable initial success in R&D and shows all the signs of progressing toward engineering and manufacture.To...
"That Vision Thing" - the Key to Sustainable Competitive Advantage
The compelling visions of great leaders in government, industry and science have changed companies, countries and the world. Visions that galvanize people to action and commitment have gotten the human race through "the best of times and the worst of...
Thinking Small in a Large Company
Large companies that compete in a multitude of markets often find themselves positioned against smaller, more nimble, rival companies that specialize in one or a few markets with a limited number of technologies. The Table, next page, lists some of the...
U.S. Science and Engineering Graduates: How Many and How They Are Employed
U.S. Science and Engineering Graduates: How Many and How They Are Employed** Approximately 80,000 master's and 25,000 doctoral degrees in science and engineering awarded in 1993.* Approximately 24,000 science and engineering postdocs attended Ph.D.-granting...
U.S. Spending Outlook
U.S. Spending Outlook Proposed cuts in U.S. government support for R&D are beginning to be felt. The National Science Foundation has revised its estimate of 1994 U.S. industry spending on R&D downward by $3 billion.Most of the $3 billion is money...

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