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Changes in the strategic management of technology: Results of a global benchmarking study

: Edler, J.; Meyer-Krahmer, F.; Reger, G.


R and D Management 32 (2002), Nr.2, S.149-164
ISSN: 0033-6807
Fraunhofer ISI ()
Commerce; review; research and development management; strategic planning; management of change

This contribution analyses main changes in the strategic management of technology of the world's most technology-intensive companies from western Europe, North America and Japan. The results pesented here are based on a literature review and a survey which show the following main results: first, R&D and technology have become key cornerstones of corporate and business strategy. Second, there is a growing tendency to aquire technology from external sources throughout the sample. Third, internationalization of R&D plays a very important role in the strategies of the large companies investigated and the data shows that it will certainly gain further momentum. However, internationalization of R&D is confined to the Triad regions and is not 'global'. Based on our analysis, cornerstones of a future generation of R&D/technology management are developed.