Title: Using a decision support tool for R&D portfolio management: going beyond initial expectations
Authors: Peter Bou Saba; Stefan Brouwers
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.
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