Research-Technology Management

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

Articles from Vol. 52, No. 5, September-October

Aligning Marketing and Technology to Drive Innovation: Successful Breakthrough Innovation Depends on Integrating Marketing and Technology Functions, a Study of 32 Companies Demonstrates
The study reported in this paper sought to differentiate between practices leading to incremental versus breakthrough innovation. The goal was to identify proven and effective practices that consistently drive breakthrough as opposed to incremental...
Building a Creative High-Performance R&D Culture: Customer Insight, Risk Tolerance, Entrepreneurship, Alignment, Technology Excellence, Innovation, Creative Collaboration, and Execution Are the Building Blocks
Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have...... it's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it.--Steve Jobs R&D culture can be the engine for sustained product innovation--a...
Changing World of Industrial Research Captured in Study of Physicists
Major corporate laboratories have increasingly shifted their emphasis toward development at the expense of the more basic research over the past quarter-century. During the same time span, individual researchers in those labs have pursued knowledge...
Computing in the Cloud
Inside a New York City loft in 2006, two entrepreneurs are working on the software to launch a new dot.com business they call Animoto. They hope to offer a service that will allow people to turn a series of photographs into a simple movie with a nice...
Delft U. Builds Innovation Hub
Delft, the Dutch city famous for its locally manufactured blue-and-white pottery and historic center, hopes someday to be even better known as an innovation hub. A new technology cluster is emerging in and around the Delft University of Technology...
Gender Differences at Critical Transitions in the Careers of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Faculty
Gender Differences at Critical Transitions in the Careers of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Faculty; U.S. National Research Council, Division on Policy and Global Affairs and Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Committee...
History of Physicists in Industry: Final Report
History of Physicists in Industry: Final Report; R. Joseph Anderson and Orville R. Butler; American Institute of Physics, College Park, MD; 2008; Available online at http://www.aip.org/ history/pubs/HOPI_Final_report.pdf For print copy, write nbl@aip.org...
Innovation as a System: Seeing the Linkage between Business Innovation and Revenue Growth as a Generic, Closed Loop System Highlights the Importance and Purpose of Innovation Investments and the Role of Executive Leaders
Innovation has been defined as implementing ideas to create value (1). Business firms invest in innovation; that is, they spend money on it with the expectation of making a profit. In fact, a primary goal of starting and maintaining a business is to...
New Hope for Measuring R&D Effectiveness
There is no question that R&D is important both to firms and to the economy (1). For U.S. firms in the 25 most R&D-intensive industries, R&D expenditures comprise 5.8% of annual firm expenditures and the associated intangible assets comprise...
Nokia to Give Away Ideas and Innovations
Nokia has decided to give away some of its unused ideas and innovations in a bid to see whether other companies can make worthwhile businesses out of them. The Finnish telecommunications giant (www.nokia.com) will give away innovations in areas...
RTM: For and by Practitioners
"There is nothing so practical as a good theory." --Kurt Lewin I am pleased to assume the role of Editor in Chief of Research-Technology Management with this issue. As an industrial researcher and then manager of research and development organizations,...
See Modest Increase in U.S. R&D Spending
Once again, Schonfeld & Associates, Inc. is forecasting growth in R&D spending by U.S. firms in the coming calendar year, although this time the operative word is "modest." The 33rd and latest edition of the Libertyville, Illinois consulting...
Valuing Risky Projects with Real Options: The Value of High-Risk but Potentially High-Return Technology Projects Can Be Calculated with Boeing's New Real-Option Algorithm
Project flexibility is inherently valuable. Profitability increases with the ability to change the direction of a project as knowledge is accumulated during the design phase. However, traditional project valuation-modeling methods, such as net present...
What's Constraining Your Innovation? Here's How the Theory of Constraints Can Be Applied for Rapid and Continued Improvements in Bottom-Line Impact from Innovation
A stunning 72 percent of executives now rank innovation in their top three priorities, according to one recent study (1). Unfortunately, effective innovation management remains an art and a mystery for a large number of companies, with nearly half...
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