Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Summer 2012


Tugrul Daim

Course Title

R & D Management

Course Number

ETM 536/636


Industrial research -- Case studies, Industrial research -- Management -- Evaluation, Technological innovation -- Management


Across industries, firms vary broadly on how they operate their respective Research & Development, R&D. This study is conducted to holistically evaluate the critical elements of R&D Management—R&D Planning, R&D Organization, R&D Portfolio Management, R&D Project Management, and R&D Knowledge Transfer—by assessing R&D management from different sectors. This framework puts the spotlights of R&D management on three well-known firms— Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), Intel Corporation, and Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA). The research methodology is based on an intensive literature review by delving into the literature to have a full understanding of the critical elements of R&D management. In addition, R&D managers from the three firms were interviewed in order to gain insight on how R&D management functions within the critical elements of R&D management. A questionnaire was developed, and the questions asked were at the macro scale to avoid confidentiality concerns that might arise. The research findings highlight the fact that despite the differences among the firms’ R&D orientation—stemmed from company’s size, number of employees, nature of the industry, and budget being spent on R&D—the pipeline of R&D management of the three firms are almost the same at the macro scale.


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