Title: An assessment of the technology innovation initiatives in the Indian small-scale manufacturing industry

Authors: Tarun Nanda, T.P. Singh

Addresses: Mechanical Engineering Department, Thapar University, Patiala, Punjab, India. ' Rayat Bahra College of Engineering & Nano Technology, Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India

Abstract: The fierce competition arising out of globalisation and liberalisation is forcing organisations across the world to realise that their survival is not feasible in the absence of Research and Development (R&D) and innovation practices. It is high time that manufacturing organisations wake up and gear up for R&D initiatives to develop cutting-edge technologies for sustained competitive advantage. Technology Development (TD) initiatives have become mandatory for the industrial growth, strategic self-reliance and sustained competitiveness of an enterprise and must be placed within the context of market opportunities, customer needs and strategic direction, thereby leading to improving the product and technology portfolio. The literature highlights that there are five key components to appraise the technology innovation initiatives in the manufacturing sector. The present research is aimed at developing an insight into the prevalent TD practices adopted in the contemporary Indian manufacturing industry for realising the sustainable growth and development of the industrial sector. The study highlights the performance of Indian manufacturing organisations in different components of Technology Development Implementation Programmes (TD Programmes) to make a significant organisational transformation from a technology-dependent regime to the proactive adaptation of technology innovation initiatives for affecting organisational performance improvements.

Keywords: technology development; technological innovation; technology infrastructure; manpower competence; interaction; R&D function; research and development; India; small firms; manufacturing industry; organisational performance; performance improvement.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTPM.2009.025292

International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management, 2009 Vol.9 No.2, pp.173 - 207

Published online: 18 May 2009 *

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