Research-Technology Management

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

Articles from Vol. 49, No. 3, May-June

Dealing with the New Diversity
If you've felt confused about how you should deal with diversity in your laboratories, that's understandable, since there are at least three possible meanings of the term, and they each call for different treatment. The three types of diversity have...
Engineer Supply Fears Overblown?
U.S.-born Ph.D.s declining ... China graduating 10 times as many engineers as U.S. ... Indian computer grads taking U.S. jobs. Headlines like these have fueled alarm over America's ability to maintain its technological leadership in the 21st century....
European Firms Lagging in R&D Investment
European automaker DaimlerChrysler spends more money on R&D than any other company in the world, according to a new study from the European Union. Unfortunately, says the EU, not enough European companies are following its example. The 2005 industrial...
Fraunhofer Opens in Russia
After establishing an arm in the strategically important U.S. market a few years ago, Germany's Fraunhofer Gesselschaft is now looking eastward to Russia for further expansion. Europe's largest center for applied research has opened a new office in...
Harnessing External Technology for Innovation: Here's a Research-Based Framework for Replacing "Not Invented Here" with "Invented Anywhere"
The use of external research and development resources has increased significantly over the past decade. Henry Chesbrough documented this trend in his book Open Innovation, and it has been observed among Industrial Research Institute (IRI) member companies....
Improving Federal to Private Sector Technology Transfer: A Study Identifies Seven Critical Factors with the Greatest Impact on Whether a Transfer Attempt Succeeds or Fails
Technology transfer holds significant promise for leveraging limited government resources and providing commercial companies with new opportunities for growth and competitiveness. Technology transfer partnerships enable the government to maintain the...
Innovate First, Inventor Advises
"Invent as a last resort," prolific inventor Dean Kamen told a meeting of the Licensing Foundation in Washington, D.C., in March. Would-be inventors are better off focusing on innovation first, advised the inventor of the Segway Human Transporter,...
Make Outsourcing a Core Competency
A revolution in communications is allowing capital and information to flow with the speed of light anywhere in the world, by-passing age-old regulatory, language and cultural barriers. Instantaneous access to remotely-located, low-cost manufacturing...
Managing Open Innovation in Biotechnology: Intersection of Customer Insight and Comprehensive Technology Assessment Defines the Front End of Innovation Management
Although innovation has emerged as a defining term in business through numerous management texts and consultant discourses, and while most corporate executives would agree that it is essential to maintain a competitive edge as well as long-term business...
Mixed Picture Ahead for U.S. R&D Spending
United States federal investment in R&D could increase to $137 billion in 2007, according to a preliminary analysis of President Bush's proposed FY 2007 budget by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (www.aaas.org). But in a...
R&D Knowledge Is Power: Leaders Who Structure Their Organizations to Maximize Knowledge Utilization Are More Likely to Deliver Products and Services with Sustained Competitive Advantage
In the research and development domain, employee knowledge is arguably the principal intangible resource that companies possess. Not long ago, Peter Drucker predicted that the single most important management task in the 21st Century would be to increase...
Social Networks Key to Harnessing Nanoscience Knowledge Explosion
Given the exploding information on nanoscience, how are managers seeking and finding this knowledge? Predominately through the operation of social networks is the conclusion of an ongoing investigation by the Industrial Research Institute's Research-on-Research...
So You Want to Be a Global Project Leader? Research with over 300 Global Teams in 230 Companies Reveals Four Principal Challenges Facing These Teams and Their Leaders, along with Steps They Can Take to Meet the Challenges
As companies move into the global arena, they find the process of developing and launching new products becoming progressively more complex as they attempt to meet both global and local customer needs and integrate design and development expertise...
Strategies for Technology Platforms: The Platform-Market Matrix Provides a Framework for Strategy as Well as an Expansion Path toward Growth
Competing by means of product families sharing a common platform has proved a successful approach for many industries, including information, electronics, software, automobile, and service industries (l). For example, Sony has used three platforms...
Why Firms Conduct R&D Where They Do
Companies base their decisions to locate R&D on a variety of factors, principally: market potential, quality of R&D staff, university collaboration, and intellectual property protection. While lower cost can be a consideration, this is generally...
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