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Intuitive vs analytical thinking

Seduction and persuasion – Intuitive v. analytical thinking in technology management

People in R&D usually have a mix of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics training and this requires structured analytical thinking. But many of these people are easily led astray by their intuitions, especially when working on problems outside their ‘discipline’, such as technology management.... more»

Making aysmmetric partnerships work

Making asymmetric partnerships work

Bringing together start-ups and established firms in mutually beneficial partnerships seems an obvious solution. However, research shows that making such asymmetric partnerships work can be problematic. Here are five ways to increase the chances of success.... more»

Strategic thinking - analytical or intuitive

Analytical or Intuitive – finding a sweet spot for strategic thinking

There are at least two modes styles of thinking that managers appear to follow in developing their strategy: intuitive and analytical.... more»

How distortions and deceptions impact the creation of technology strategy

How distortions and deceptions impact the creation of technology strategy

Cognitive bias, where a decision-maker actively seeks out and assigns more weight to evidence that confirms their hypothesis, can disrupt the technology strategy which needs to be objective.... more»

A technology skewer is a powerful tool in a competitive market

A strong technology platform provides a competitive advantage for a organisation. If the technology is transferable to other markets it offers the potential for growth.... more»

Dr Ronald Hage, Catexel CTO, discusses technology strategy with Dr Steve Bone, nu Angle co-founder

How do you use a technology platform for business growth?

Intellectual assets are at the core of our business, explains Dr Ronald Hage of Catexel describing how the company has used its technology platform to grow the company. "Originally the technology came from the industrial cleaning, but we have gone far beyond that and developed patents that allow us to support the development of innovative solutions for new applications.... more»

Assessing the viability of emerging disruptive technology

What makes a disruptive technology successful? According to Hardman et al, the winning characteristics include being disruptive to market leaders, end users and infrastructure. Their analysis proves useful to both potential disrupters and the incumbent.... more»

How to identify disruptive technologies

With increased market competition and social pressure, energy companies have had to adapt, generating innovative ideas themselves and dealing with new technologies that may threaten their position. But how can you predict how disruptive a new technology will be?... more»

How an expert network can bring new insights for technology strategy

Independent, objective experts are invaluable when defining technology strategy. Free from the constraints of internal R&D activities they can identify new growth platforms for an organisation that are often surprising. But how can you engage with experts constructively when their spheres of influence lie well beyond the core knowledge of your company?... 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»

Pentathlon Framework R&D Today

Jeremy Klein opens R&D Management Conference

A structured approach to R&D Management helps to de-risk innovation and this is why sharing best practice is vital for the discipline, Dr Jeremy Klein, chair of RADMA, said to delegates at the R&D Management Conference... more»

Technology Strategy

Technology strategy

How do you choose which technologies the firm should invest in? How should new technologies be acquired, developed, protected and integrated? How can you decide the most appropriate means of exploiting technology resources and assets?... more»

Twitter R&D

Is Twitter’s R&D providing a return on investment?

Research and development expenditure is a key area for a technology company like Twitter. You would expect it to be a significant cost, and sure it enough it is. You would also expect to see a significant return from such investment in user growth and ultimately in revenue.... more»

R&D Investment on UK government agenda

Long term investment in research and development and a new technology strategy are part of a raft of proposals announced today by UK prime minister Theresa May.... 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»

Frugal innovation in a complex world

Resources are increasingly scarce and organizations are looking for ways to do more with less. The frugal approach can be applied to intellectual and skilled resources as much as to physical ones – something of relevance in a world where R&D productivity is increasingly an issue.... more»

R&D Management Tools and Topics Survey

Original research by RADMA aims to discover which R&D management tools and topics are of greatest interest to practitioners. The early findings are of great interest says David Probert, Reader in Technology Management, University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing.... more»

Open versus closed innovation: are the metrics good enough?

Today’s business reality is not based on pure open innovation but on companies that invest simultaneously in closed as well as open innovation activities.Too much openness can negatively impact companies’ long-term innovation success, because it could lead to loss of control and core competences. Moreover, a closed innovation approach does not serve the increasing demands of shorter innovation cycles and reduced time to market.... more»

Case studies

Exploiting the Hydrogen Economy

The term “Hydrogen Economy” refers to a proposed system of delivering energy using hydrogen as thermal and/or electrochemical fuel. It will become sustainable when electricity generated from renewable energy sources is stored as hydrogen. The three key elements will be: production, storage and utilization of hydrogen as an energy carrier. The challenge is how can organisations exploit its potential.... 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

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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»


Open Innovation Practices and Their Effect on Innovation Performance

Revealing interesting findings on the impact of Open Innovation, this paper develops an indicator framework for examining open innovation practices and their impact on performance.... 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»

Creating an R&D Strategy

The failure of many companies to improve R&D performance is not due to lack of effort or commitment by the management or people involved but due to a misconception about the drivers of R&D performance.... more»

Developing a product innovation and technology strategy for your business

Based on their observations of top-performing businesses, Cooper and Edgett’s paper provides a structured framework for strategy development... more»

Selling technological knowledge: managing the complexities of technology transactions

Selling technological knowledge is complex, and even for a company that possesses a breakthrough or radically innovative technology, there is no guarantee that the technology would be successfully sold or commercialised. This paper provides a five point plan.... more»

Do you need a new product-development strategy?

Hewlett-Packard has successfully piloted a new approach to product development strategy. Learning points from this new framework are discussed in this article.... more»


Top 20 Innovation Blogs of 2016

There is a very useful overview of innovation bloggers on the website that they have ranked into a Top 20 list. From a shortlist of 63 blogs, three innovation blog... more»

A guided approach to technology acquisitions and protection decision

What is the best way to acquire new technology? The IfM has produced a useful workbook that includes four checklists to help you decide what is best for your organisation.... 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»

How to implement open innovation: Lessons from studying large multinational companies

Open innovation is an innovation in itself and therefore has to be effectively managed right from the beginning if it is to be successfully implemented. This workbook, based on the the lessons of multinational organisations, aims to support senior R&D managers implement an open innovation strategy.... more»

Organising for breakthrough innovation: Rejuvenating the established firm

ARM, Philips, BT, Qualcomm and BAE Systems are some of the case studies featured in this workbook that aims to show radical innovation can come from established companies.... more»


How to create compelling objectives to deliver strategic growth platforms

Leaders want their teams to think beyond the day-to-day and create thriving visions for the future that are based in a well-understood current situation and provide a platform for new growth. Peter Allen of nu Angle describes a tool that he has used to develop compelling objectives for strategic growth.... more»

Innovation Fitness Test – a tool to help scoring

John Bessant recommends this tool developed by colleagues in Canada which helps with using the Innovation Fitness test framework.... more»