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.
Exploring the development and use of structured methods to gather, explore organise and communicate the information necessary for decision-making and management.
Integrating critical factors associated with the acquisition of early stage technologies into a decision support tool.
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.
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.
Factors to consider when making technology (and other) sourcing decisions.
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.
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.