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Pasteur’s Quadrant: a wonderful example of KISS*?

Our scientists are all doing great work in diverse areas, how could I define this work to ensure it was creating value for the company? Stokes model of the Pasteur's Quadrant provided the inspiration I needed, says Dr Joe de Sousa, Director Science & Technology, AstraZeneca... more»

Reynold's number

Loading and Turbulence in R&D: Is there a Reynolds Number?

A friend in R&D was moaning about how his CEO was forever loading new projects into R&D. “It just fouls things up”, he said, “The more we try and take on, the less actually gets done”. It got me thinking is there a Reynold's number for R&D that predicts when more is genuinely less.... more»

Rick Mitchell

John Shave’s “Revenue Replacement Rule”

When I was an R&D manager I often used to face the situation John Shave describes in his introduction when I was asked to approve projects that didn’t seem to be an adequate use of the engineers’ time, and yet I didn’t have a persuasive answer. Shave'sRevenue Replace Rule offers a powerful truth.... more»

Can you justify the R&D investment?

Can the estimated sales revenue justify investment in R&D for new product development? A complex question where the Revenue Replacement Rule provides a good answer.... more»

Learning from the past: portfolio management in pharma R&D

Pharmaceutical R&D is a complex, long and expensive task with a high project attrition rate. Only 5% of drug projects, that reach the stage of first human dose progress through all phases of clinical trials to reach patients.... more»

What goes wrong with Stage Gates?

In theory a stage gate process forces managers to review all aspects of the project – not just the technical work - and to take decisions. You want people to go away feeling pleased to have caught hold of some problems and dealt with them, but too often they just feel grateful to have got out alive!... more»

EPSRC Portfolio diagram

Portfolio Visualisation: Making it easy, being transparent, making better decisions

A good understanding of the R&D pipeline and portfolio is essential to reduce waste, duplication and poor use of valuable resources, says Joe de Sousa of AstraZeneca... more»

Latest news

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Call for papers open for R&D Management Conference 2018

The 2018 R&D Management Conference has opened its call for papers - the deadline for abstracts is 15 February 2018.... more»

R&D Management Conference 2017 Leuven

A busy time in Leuven!

R&D Management Conference 2017 attendants from academia and business were able to challenge and discuss their insights and the many still open questions we face and dare to ask.... more»

Managing the R&D pipeline

Managing the R&D pipeline

For many companies the R&D pipeline contains ‘the future of the company’ as it is the main and often the only, source of future products. Therefore managing the pipeline is... more»

Thinking, fast and slow

Decisions in projects: how good is intuition?

Intuition can be very powerful, but when faced with novel situations our intuition is surprisingly easily led astray. There’s a whole body of work on this in the field of Behavioural Economics.... more»

University of Leuven

R&D Management Conference 2017

The R&D Management Conference 2017 covers a rich and varied range of topics of interest both to academics and practitioners active in the field of innovation, technology and Research and Development management.... more»

Case studies

Agile project management in R&D

Agile project management in R&D

In the Agile approach a team works together in a scrum sharing tasks in an informal way to deliver a defined output in a relatively short time a sprint.... more»


RADMA - Research and Development Management Association

Doctoral Studies Programme

The RADMA 2018 Doctoral Studies Programme is open. The closing date is 28 February 2018.... more»

RADMA Postgraduate Project Support Programme

RADMA has issued an open call for proposals under its Postgraduate Project Support Programme.... more»

Postgraduate Project Support Programme

RADMA has issued an open call for proposals under its Postgraduate Project Support Programme. The award provides support to talented mid-study Masters and PhD students. Funding is for expenses directly related to their postgraduate research in the field of R&D management. Up to £500 is available for Masters and £1000 for PhD projects.... more»


R&D Management Conference 2018 Redesigning Innovation, Milan

R&D Management Conference 2018: R&Designing Innovation

02/07/2018 12:00 am

The R&D Management Conference 2018 will provide a forum for new ideas and thinking on how to adapt management approaches to enable innovation in the modern, transformed environment.... more»


Assessing Risks in R&D projects

Making up a “Risk Register” at the beginning of an R&D project obviously makes a lot of sense. However, risk assessment is not easy. There are some helpful tools like Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA), but it all relies on team members being able and willing to identify the risks.... more»

Building Innovation Capabilities: An Inquiry into the Dynamic Growth Process of University Spin-Outs in China

Building Innovation Capabilities

University spinout (USO) are an important source of innovation however concerns are raised about the mediocre survival rate in general and even a lower rate for those to grow larger. This paper aims to develop a conceptual framework, in order to understand the dynamic growth process of university spin-outs (USOs) in China.... more»

Forecasting emerging technologies: Use of bibliometrics and patent analysis

Forecasting emerging technologies: Use of bibliometrics and patent analysis

It is challenging to forecast emerging technologies as there is no historical data available. However, the use of use of bibliometrics and patent analysis has provided useful data.... more»

Managing the R&D pipeline

Integrating TRIZ into technology push oriented product planning

When a technology is ‘pushing’ a new invention through R&D and sales without a comprehensive consideration as to whether it satisfies a user need then integrating TRIZ (Theory of Inventive Problem Solving) methods have value in anticipating performance.... more»

Towards an integrated framework for managing the process of innovation

Innovation is now a major driving force for business growth and success but coping with the challenges during the innovation process can be difficult for technology managers. Could the concept of Innovation Readiness Levels help?... more»

Business Appraisal of Technology Potentials – development of a practical approach to valuing technology

The issue of assessing technology for business application is cited as a major concern for managers in industry. Representatives from a range of industries were interviewed to review the tools and techniques currently available and to identify gaps and limitations.... more»

Schumpeterian economics

Schumpeter's emphasis in his early work on three main aspects of industrial R&D; namely the importance of entrepreneurship, industrial innovation and resultant creative destruction, were major new insights that rejected the long-standing view that equilibrium was the best state for any industrial economy.... more»


Managing for Innovation - online course with Leeds University Business School and IBM

Managing for Innovation – online course with Leeds University Business School and IBM

Learn how to manage innovation, guided by experts from Leeds University Business School and IBM.... more»

The other side of innovation

Innovation diverts attention from the 'performance engine' of an organisation, how can these exploratory projects be implemented effectively to break new ground without breaking the company?... more»

Portfolio management at GlaxoSmithKline

Portfolio management at GlaxoSmithKline

An often-quoted paper by Sharpe and Keelin, back in 1998, reported how managers at GlaxoSmithKline redesigned their portfolio selection process.... more»

Portfolio Management techniques

Portfolio management is crucial to balance benefit against risk. A number of techniques are discussed in this workbook created by Joe Tidd and John Bessant of the Innovation Portal.... more»

The R&D Management Journal

R & D Management publishes articles which address the interests of both practising managers and academic researchers in R & D and innovation management. Covering the full range of topics in research, development, design and innovation, and related strategic and human resource issues - from exploratory science to commercial exploitation - articles also examine social, economic and environmental implications.... more»


Improving Product Features: When is More Less?

Improving Product Features: When is More Less?

Different types of feature have different effects on customer satisfaction - an analysis by Japanese Quality expert, Noriaki Kano, is just as relevant now as it was in 1984.... more»

Using game ‘Top Trumps’ as a communications tool

Large R&D centric businesses have a huge asset in the vast experience that exists in their leading scientists - every trick in the book should be used to help staff access this expertise...... more»

Valuing and comparing small portfolios

Many of the tools used in valuing and selecting projects are only really applicable to large portfolios because they assess value by using statistical concepts such as probability, mean and risk.... more»