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Combining methods in the technology intelligence process: application in an aerospace manufacturing firm

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Technological change is a major factor in gaining competitive advantage in manufacturing industries. Promoting innovation, exploiting technological opportunities and avoiding threats are increasingly important. Firms need to recognise both current and potential future technological advances that can affect their products, services and processes. This paper presents a Technology Intelligence (TI) methodology and toolset, the main purpose of which is to enable companies to monitor and assess technological developments associated with their products, components, processes and other areas of concern. These technology management activities will assist the company in evaluating its environment while taking advantage of technological changes that represent opportunities or threats. The methodology is described in detail and demonstrated using a case study conducted in an aerospace manufacturing firm in the United Kingdom.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK., Email: [email protected] 2: Rolls-Royce Plc., Watnall Road, Hucknall, Nottingham NG15 6EU, UK., Email: [email protected]

Publication date: 2010-03-01

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