Title: Just-in-time technology analysis support

Authors: Alan L. Porter, Scott W. Cunningham

Addresses: R&D, Search Technology Inc., 4960 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Norcross, GA 30071–1580, USA. ' Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology, Postbus 5015, 2600 GA Delft, The Netherlands

Abstract: This paper offers a vision of |Just-in-Time (JIT) Technology Analyses| (TA) – fast, timely, and structured guidance in support of technological decision making. It provides a framework to translate technology strategy into a set of operational indicators for assessing innovation prospects. The paper weighs advantages and impacts of timely information for organisational decision making. It notes the technological and organisational requirements for JIT analyses, then briefly discusses the steps involved, as well as opportunities for rapid and automated analyses. Six brief vignettes illustrate the principles and potential of JIT-TA.

Keywords: technology analyses; just-in-time analyses; organisational decision-making; technology strategy; decision support; research and development; R&D indicators; innovation; automated analyses; structured processes.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2006.009462

International Journal of Technology Management, 2006 Vol.34 No.3/4, pp.319 - 339

Published online: 03 Apr 2006 *

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