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Future trends and key challenges in R&D management

Results of an empirical study within industrial R&D in Germany
: Gelec, Erdem

Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation -IAO-, Stuttgart; Univ. Stuttgart:
The R and D Management Conference 2014 : Management of Applied R and D: Connecting high value solutions with future markets; Stuttgart, Germany; June 3 to 6, 2014
Stuttgart: Fraunhofer Verlag, 2014
ISBN: 3-8396-0746-9
ISBN: 978-3-8396-0746-6
R&D Management Conference <2014, Stuttgart>
Fraunhofer IAO ()

This paper reports on the first results from an empirical study among R&D experts in German industry. As R&D is an investment in the future the outlook to future trends is certainly contributing to industrial orientation and prioritisation. To be prepared for trends and challenges for the R&D in the next 2-3 years, Fraunhofer IAO conducted a survey R&D Fit for Future among 162 companies mainly from advanced manufacturing, automotive and medical device industry. The objective ofthe research was to find relevant strategies and future trends in R&D management. Additionally, the key challenges in R&D for the next years from an industrial point of view were analysed. The survey was structured by the chapters of strategy, organisation, processes, methods & tools and R&D personnel.The paper presents the communalities and differences of trends and challenges between the advanced manufacturing, automotive and medical device industry in the field of R&D-management. Based on this survey and on the results of a previous empirical study, also performed by Fraunhofer IAO in 2009, the most significant changes of priorities and new developments are pointed out and analysed. It concludes with some recommendations for more general trends in German industry.