Title: Beyond stage-gate processes: How to successfully exploit technology in large engineering firms
Author: Edward Goddard, Peter Entwistle, James Godman, Peter Strachan
Frazer-Nash Consultancy, University of Bristol, 1 Trinity Street, College Green, Bristol, UK.
Frazer-Nash Consultancy, Stonebridge House, Dorking Business Park, Dorking, Surrey, UK.
AgustaWestland, Lysander Road, Yeovil, Somerset, UK.
Faculty of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
Abstract: In this paper, a methodology is proposed to assist engineering firms in their management of technology development programmes. The methodology proposes an approach that provides opportunity for a technology programme to adapt to changing conditions before, after and during gated assessment. The purpose is to create and review information on the factors that influence exploitation, in order to inform the dynamic reshaping of technology programmes. This paper argues that a more flexible approach may be used to inform the changes that are needed on technology development programmes to achieve exploitation as an adjunct to the stage-gate approach.
Keywords: stage-gate; technology exploitation; engineering firms; flexibility; technological development; adaptability; changing conditions; gated assessments; information creation; intelligence reviews; dynamic reshaping; technology programmes; technology intelligence; technology planning.
Int. J. of Technology Intelligence and Planning, 2010 Vol.6, No.4, pp.340 - 355
Available online: 24 Jan 2011