Research themes

Technologies lie at the heart of any manufacturing company – whether used in making the products or forming an integral part of the products themselves.


Successfully assimilating existing technologies into the business and anticipating the impact of emerging new technologies are critically important tasks for companies under pressure to bring new products to market as quickly as possible.


CTM engages in research, teaching and practical application of new ideas based on an integrated understanding of science, engineering and business management. By working with organisations at all stages of technological development, we aim to provide comprehensive support from early stage exploration, through multi-business unit technology strategy to end-of-life issues.


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Strategic Technology and Innovation Management Consortium

The Strategic Technology & Innovation Management (STIM) Consortium is a practice-oriented research and networking collaboration between industrial member companies and the Centre for Technology Management.

Churchill College

R&D Management Conference 2016

The Centre for Technology Management hosted the 2016 R&D Management Conference at the University of Cambridge on 2-6 July.

Frank Tietze

Getting to grips with IP

Intellectual property (IP) is clearly fundamental to technology-based companies but Dr Frank Tietze from the IfM’s Centre for Technology Management thinks that many firms can benefit from taking a more strategic approach to IP management.

Reducing Risk

Reducing the Risk of Failure in New Product Development

The Centre for Technology Management (CTM) at the IfM has just published a new Practice Guide: 'Reducing the risk of failure in new product development: getting it right at the front end of innovation'. It provides insights and guidance for everyone involved in the innovation process so that they can avoid common pitfalls and improve their innovation pipelines.

Management tools and toolkits

Management tools and toolkits: the good, the bad and the ugly

Dr Clive Kerr and Dr Rob Phaal from the IfM’s Centre for Technology Management (CTM) are looking at better ways to design and use management tools and toolkits.