Title: Management for enhanced R&D productivity

Authors: Tomb Takahashi

Addresses: Chief Manager, New Business Planning and Promotion Group, Energy and, Environment Division, Sumitomo Metal Mining Co. Ltd, 5-11-3 Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105, Japan

Abstract: This paper discusses ways to improve a company|s R&D performance. Finding appropriate projects is crucial to the company|s links to commercialisation. Since commercialisation requires co-operation from top management as well as all the company-wide management, one must make sure that R&D projects match the corporate strategy. Also, to avoid missing the moving target, the R&D action plan must account for uncertainty factors. Thus, the most critical role for an R&D manager is to keep the R&D projects abreast of the corporate strategy at all times.

Keywords: business strategy; process decision program chart; productivity; Quality Function Deployment; QFD; R&D management; R&D productivity; R&D strategy.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.1997.002590

International Journal of Technology Management, 1997 Vol.14 No.6/7/8, pp.789-803

Published online: 29 Jul 2003 *

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