Using a decision support tool for R&D portfolio management: going beyond initial expectations
by Peter Bou Saba; Stefan Brouwers
EuroMed J. of Management (EMJM), Vol. 1, No. 3, 2016

Abstract: This article studies the way in which a decision support tool (DST) is used by external management consultants in R&D portfolio management assignments. On this basis, this paper investigates a French consulting firm and one of its clients. The findings show that the DST, when used by consultants, tends to legitimise already-made decisions. Furthermore, the tool that defines which project is eligible to the French research tax credit came as a solution to homogenise the different interpretations of multiple consultants working for the same client.

Online publication date: Mon, 19-Dec-2016

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