Title: Innovation portfolio management: a framework for SMEs in the automotive industry

Authors: Anette Von Ahsen, Marcel Heesen

Addresses: TU Darmstadt, Hochschulstr. 1, D-64289 Darmstadt, Germany. ' University of Duisburg-Essen, Universitatsstr. 2, D-45141 Essen, Germany

Abstract: Previous research has mainly investigated innovation management in large companies. Additionally, while there is a substantial body of research on instruments for evaluating individual innovation projects, the potential for evaluating the interdependences between several innovation projects is often neglected. In this paper (1) presents a framework for Innovation Portfolio Management in SME. For the analysis, data was collected through in-depth case studies and a comprehensive document analysis. Moreover, (2) introduces an innovative tool for evaluating interdependences between several innovation projects. We tested the benefits of this new approach in a pilot project.

Keywords: innovation portfolio management; innovation management; technology planning; project evaluation; analytical hierarchy process; small and medium-sized enterprises; automotive SMEs; AHP; automobile industryinterdependences.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTIP.2009.024175

International Journal of Technology Intelligence and Planning, 2009 Vol.5 No.2, pp.138 - 164

Published online: 28 Mar 2009 *

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