Title: Technology Intelligence practice in UK technology-based companies

Authors: Letizia Mortara, Clive I.V. Kerr, Robert Phaal, David R. Probert

Addresses: Centre for Technology Management, Institute for Manufacturing, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1RX, UK. ' Centre for Technology Management, Institute for Manufacturing, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1RX, UK. ' Centre for Technology Management, Institute for Manufacturing, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1RX, UK. ' Centre for Technology Management, Institute for Manufacturing, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1RX, UK

Abstract: Technological information has become an increasingly important advantage for technology-based companies facing shorter technology life cycles and a more globally competitive business environment. Companies have dedicated progressively more resources to the development of Technology Intelligence (TI) systems, realising that these are important assets for business success. Reviewing eight intelligence systems implemented by UK technology-based organisations, this work aims to test the theoretical model developed by Kerr et al. (2006) and to investigate how TI systems are implemented in practice. The characteristics, strengths and weaknesses of each system were reviewed using the theoretical model as an analysis template.

Keywords: technical intelligence; T-Intel; market intelligence; competitive intelligence; intelligence systems; intelligence processes; technology scanning; information sourcing; strategic planning; decision making; technology management; UK technology-based companies; United Kingdom; technological information.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2009.024603

International Journal of Technology Management, 2009 Vol.48 No.1, pp.115 - 135

Available online: 10 Apr 2009 *

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