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Title: Using a decision support tool for R&D portfolio management: going beyond initial expectations

 

Authors: Peter Bou Saba; Stefan Brouwers

 

Addresses:
IAE Montpellier School of Management, 2 Place Eugène Bataillon, 34090 Montpellier, France
Efficient Innovation, 55 avenue Clément Ader, 34170 Castelnau-le-Lez, France

 

Abstract: This article studies the way in which a decision support tool (DST) is used by external management consultants in R&D portfolio management assignments. On this basis, this paper investigates a French consulting firm and one of its clients. The findings show that the DST, when used by consultants, tends to legitimise already-made decisions. Furthermore, the tool that defines which project is eligible to the French research tax credit came as a solution to homogenise the different interpretations of multiple consultants working for the same client.

 

Keywords: legitimation; decision support tools; DST; R&D portfolio; consulting firms; France; research tax credit; CIR; portfolio management; external consultants; management consultants.

 

DOI: 10.1504/EMJM.2016.10002044

 

EuroMed J. of Management, 2016 Vol.1, No.3, pp.224 - 236

 

Submission date: 14 Jan 2016
Date of acceptance: 26 Jan 2016
Available online: 19 Dec 2016

 

 

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