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The new age of new product development: are we there yet?

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A three-questionnaire DELPHI issues study identifies and ranks in importance the top twenty-four management of technology (MOT) issues (unresolved problems) in new product development involving advanced technologies. The study was conducted because of a dearth of studies evaluating the relative importance of MOT problems that are shared across advanced-technology industries. The study relates each of the top ten MOT issues to the ‘new product development paradigm’ to help explain the importance of each issue. Discussion of participants’ comments provides insights into their concerns about each issue. Strategic Planning for Technology Products was identified as the top priority issue, but European and USA participants did not fully agree on the importance of several issues. The findings aid in identifying priority new product development research projects, and show R&D managers the extent to which specific MOT issues are of general concern among companies.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9310.00100

Affiliations: University of Connecticut, School of Business Administration, 368 Fairfield Road, U-41, Storrs, CT 06269-2041 USA George@sbaserv.sba.uconn.edu

Publication date: October 1, 1998

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