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.


Decision-making for Emerging Technologies

Exploring decision-making on emerging technologies to develop theoretical and practical models about how these processes happen and when they yield the best outcomes.



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)



Digital Transformation for Industrial Leadership. Towards 'Intelligent' Roadmaps


The convergence of digital technologies, such as analytics, IoT, AI and cloud computing, is providing numerous substantial opportunities for businesses to be more lean, agile and innovative. It is also enabling new business models, and is reshaping industries boundaries, which comes as a challenge to corporate leaders, and presents potential risks to corporations. Research shows that digital transformation is at the top of most corporate CEOs’ agendas. This shift in industry landscapes is caused by the acquisition of new capabilities that transforms the value creation potential and extends the reach of an enterprise. Therefore, this research is developing a planning framework for digital transformation by adapting well established strategic planning frameworks. Moreover, as the potential of digital transformation is heading towards the unknown, the use of AI for strategic planning is investigated to support the pioneered concept of 'Intelligent' Roadmaps. Intelligent roadmaps are being developed to apply web mining to generate potentially novel strategic alternatives. (Ahmed Al-Ali)





Past PhD research in strategic technology management

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