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International Journal of Technology Intelligence and Planning
International Journal of Technology Intelligence and Planning


Special Issue on: “Measuring R&D”

Guest Editors: Dr. Matti Sievänen and Mikko Varila, Tampere University of Technology, Finland

Product innovation and R&D are considered to be the central sources of competitive advantage and crucial drivers for economic growth. Managing product development is a major challenge because of its inherent uncertain, complex and multidisciplinary nature. Measurement of R&D has always posed great problems due to the multiformity of R&D activities and the fact that the outputs are often intangible and are realised only over a long term. Furthermore, the success of an R&D project can be viewed differently by different stakeholders. The result of a project can be a success even if the project itself was a failure, and vice versa. A better understanding of the R&D function and its measurement can help to make R&D more productive.

The objective of this special issue is to investigate and describe different ways of measuring R&D, and to examine how measurement affects R&D performance. Thus, it aims at advancing our understanding of the R&D function and helping managers to design and implement R&D measurement systems.

Subject Coverage
Domains of interest mainly include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Designing measurement systems
  • Implementing measurement systems
  • Defining the output of R&D
  • Measuring product life-cycle
  • Importance of measurement system for superior performance
  • Performance measurement and incentives
  • Measuring performance of R&D projects
  • R&D profitability
  • Managerial decision-making and implementation
  • Balanced scorecard and R&D
  • Organisational issues
  • Strategic management
All theoretical and methodological approaches are welcome.

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Deadline for Submission of Papers: 30 September 2007

Review Deadline: 31 December 2007

Notification of Acceptance: 15 January 2008

Deadline for Revised Papers: 31 March 2008

Notification Acceptance/Revision: 15 July 2008

Final Version: 31 July 2008