Research-Technology Management

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

Articles from Vol. 62, No. 6, November-December

A Career in Three Acts: Prith Banerjee: As Chief Technology Officer for ANSYS, Prith Banerjee Oversees Simulation-Based Product Design
I earned my doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, and I spent the first 20 years of my career in academia. That was phase one of my career. Phase two of my career was working with startups. I founded two small software...
Beyond Performance 2.0: A Proven Approach to Leading Large-Scale Change
Beyond Performance 2.0: A Proven Approach to Leading Large-Scale Change Scott Keller and Bill Schaninger (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2019) Beyond Performance 2.0 is the second edition of a change management book by McKinsey consultants. Keller...
Breaking the Battery Bottleneck
Amid all the bad news on climate change, there is some good news: replacing fossil fuel consumption with renewable energy is not only technologically feasible but economical--if the "intermittency problem" can be solved. Wind and solar are viable alternatives...
Defining the Tipping Point
This column is the latest in a series of discussions aimed at defining the vocabulary of innovation management. The object is to take on the profession's terms of art, exploring their origins and mapping their limitations, to provide new clarity and...
Europe Powers Up on Clean Energy
If the past is any indication, this century will belong to those regions and countries that have access to the greatest energy stores. Coal powered the British and German Empires in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and oil has been the backbone...
Getting the Best out of Academic-Industrial Collaborations
In a recent article in Nature Careers Community, Australian neuroscientist Blaine Roberts wrote of his experience when he received an offer to join an industry-academia research collaboration. Such a connection, fellow academics warned, could prevent...
How Technology, Big Data, and Systems Approaches Are Transforming Medicine
My journey to science started when I was six years old and my brother was born with Down's syndrome. At that time no one--physicians or parents--could even begin to explain what happened when a baby was born with Down's syndrome. Over time, that set...
Innovation Flashback
November 8, 1895 -- Wilhelm Rontgen discovers X-rays. The scientist was conducting experiments to test whether cathode rays could pass through glass when he noticed a faint glow on a screen nearby and set out to investigate the source. He dubbed his...
The 2019 IRI Medal
Recognizing the significant achievements of individual innovators is a core mission of the Innovation Research Interchange (IRI). The IRI Medal, established in 1946, is presented to recognize leaders of technology for outstanding accomplishments in technological...
The 2019 Maurice Holland Award
Named after IRI's founder, the Holland Award is presented each year to the authors of the paper published in the previous year's volume of Research-Technology Management that best exemplifies the journal's values of significance to the field of R&D...
The New Geography of Innovation an Interview with Mehran Gul: Mehran Gul Talks with Jim Euchner about the Emergence of Innovation Hubs throughout the World
The United States has been the center of global innovation since the end of World War II. This dominance intensified with the growth of the giants of the Internet age, but it is changing as strong innovation hubs emerge throughout the world. These hubs...
The Technology Fallacy: People Are the Real Key to Digital Transformation
This article is about how digital transformation really happens: how companies go from being traditional, physical, legacy companies to thriving and competing in the digital age. A four-year study, conducted in collaboration with MIT Sloan Management...
The Writing Is on the Wall for Artificial Intelligence
Artificial intelligence is already being used for simple writing tasks, like generating basic sports stories and financial reports. The Washington Post, the New York Times, and Forbes use AI-generated stories on a daily basis, and roughly one-third of...
Tools for Transformation: Michelin's Digital Journey
Michelin has been a tire company for 130 years. But over the past five years, Michelin has reimagined itself as a mobility company--a company embedded in the user's full mobility experience, not just the tires under the vehicle. Digital transformation...
When Physical Meets Digital
"When digital transformation is done right, it's like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly, but when done wrong, all you have is a really fast caterpillar." --George Westerman, MIT Sloan Initiative on the Digital Economy Digital technology first transformed...
Why Is There Only One "Machine Learning First" Company?
Have you noticed how much more accurate Google search results have become in the last year? ... Machine learning. Have you seen the improvements when you search for pictures and videos online? ... Machine learning. Have you been surprised by the predictive...
Yes ... And: Making Lean Startup Work in Large Organizations
The principles of the Lean Startup movement work. They can be used to reliably create new businesses, whether those businesses are startups or new ventures within companies that have been operating for 100 years. But attempts to transfer Lean Startup...
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