Strategic Technology Management

Investing in the right technologies over the lifecycle of products and businesses places great demands on management and decision processes. Our research in this area aims to help managers with insights into technology planning, understanding technology trends and breakthroughs, sourcing technologies and assessing their value to the business. Practical relevance is emphasised through a focus on management processes and tools, underpinned by well-founded conceptual frameworks.


Management Tools for Decision Support

Exploring the development and use of structured methods to gather, explore organise and communicate the information necessary for decision-making and management.


Early Stage Technology acquisition and protection

Integrating critical factors associated with the acquisition of early stage technologies into a decision support tool.



The roadmapping method has been an ongoing area of research activity, developing underpinning theory and frameworks, and practical workshop-based methods for the rapid initiation of roadmapping within firms and at the sector level.


Industrial emergence

This project has used mapping techniques to identify the patterns, enablers and barriers associated with the historical emergence of technology-intensive industries to develop a set of tools for supporting strategic planning.


Make or buy

Factors to consider when making technology (and other) sourcing decisions.


Technology intelligence

The quality of a technology strategy is largely dependent on the quality of the knowledge and information available. A framework for technology intelligence has been developed, including practical guidance, and the role of intermediaries has been explored, particularly in the context of open innovation.


Technology evaluation and marketing 

Understanding and communicating the potential value of a technology is a key challenge those concerned with managing R&D. A process guide has been developed to support the appraisal and marketing of technology in business.




PhD research in strategic technology management


Analysing the emergence of cross-border online shopping in Korea and China

This early stage research aims to address, from the business model innovation and business ecosystem perspectives, the question of how firms should responsed to the emergence of cross-border online shopping. (Hyunkyu Park)


Corporate sustainability

This research explores the challenge organisations have in evaluating the complex issues surrounding sustainability when devising their business strategy. His aim for the research is to build the business case for organisations transitioning to more sustainable practices to minimise their exposure to risks arising from long term sustainability trends. (Elliott More)


Dynamic platform strategy

This research focuses on the platform owners' strategic choice in response to the changing environment, exploring the context of the interaction and influence of platform strategies, dynamic capabilities and environmental factors on firms' management performance.

(Chung-Lin Tsai)


Implementation of additive manufacturing technologies for mass customisation

The PhD aims to explore how companies implement additive manufacturing technologies for production strategies such as mass customisation. The research focuses on enterprises that operate the technologies for higher scale production volumes and on companies that manufacture additive manufacturing systems. Research insights gathered throughout the PhD will help with the development of a framework for implementation. (Dominik Deradjat)


Manufacturing excellent engineers: Complex skill development

The purpose of this part-time PhD is to develop a better understanding of skill development in Higher Education (HE) with particular reference to more complex skills used in work related contexts. The IfM postgraduate Industrial Systems, Manufacturing and Management MPhil Programme is being used as a case study for this research. The work so far has resulted in:

  • a preliminary skills development framework aimed at teaching staff
  • a framework which describes the activities typically required of students whilst undertaking their short industrial placements. This is aimed at supporting both staff and students and is already being used in IfM programmes. (Judith Shawcross)


Technology management through strategic ambidexterity

This research explores how strategic ambidexterity affects the performance of corporate venturing firms. (Dayo Abinusawa)


Technology selection in the mission critical communications industry

This research aims to explore the challenges that organisations face during the technology selection process in complex business environments, the focus is on the systems customer's perspective in the mission critical communications industry. The aim is to develop a technology selection framework and to understand how different stakeholders affect the choice of technology. (Ahmed Mashhour)



Past PhD research in strategic technology management

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