R&D management through network mapping: using the Internet to identify strategic network actors in cooperative research networks

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Most R&D management techniques to date have emphasized the immediate organizational context or the internal structure and process of the R&D project. Recently however attempts have been made at situating R&D management in a wider context of inter‐organizational R&D activities. This paper presents the technique of R&D network mapping as a means of providing strategic intelligence to the R&D manager. The paper backgrounds this technique with a discussion of the general issue and significance of R&D networks. A methodology for R&D network mapping is then exemplified by outlining how a network database of cooperating projects and institutes in the telecom research sector was built by utilizing the World Wide Web. Finally a number of suggestions are made as to how and when network mapping should be applied in strategic R&D management.

Document Type: Original Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9310.00214

Affiliations: 1: Innovation Engineering and Management, Chalmers University of Technology, Aschebergsgatan 46, SE‐412 96 Gothenburg, Sweden., Email: tomhel@mot.chalmers.se 2: Textile Solutions, Chalmers University of Technology, 412 96 Gothenburg, Sweden.

Publication date: July 1, 2001

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