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Approach to create transparency on the efficiency of R&D processes by applying value stream mapping

: Gommel, Henrik; Steinwender, Arko; Schieder, Peter; Sihn, Wilfried

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 Austria ()
R & D; Innovationsprozess; Wertstromanalyse; Leistungsmessung

Efficiency in research and development (R&D), or more precisely in innovation processes, is to be considered as generating, evaluating and developing ideas in order to create new products, processes or services in a short period of time. Comparing innovation processes with e.g. production processes from the degrees of freedom point of view, innovation processes tend to be more creative.
Therefore, the controlling of these processes in terms of efficiency is not widely used within companies due to the lack of key performance indicators. Whereas many performance indicators are available and are used to control the efficiency of production processes. Value stream mapping as a fast and easy approach to create transparency on the efficiency of production processes by analysing the key characteristics of the production process (value adding and waste) is commonly used within companies.
This paper depicts analogies and differences of innovation and production processes in order to discuss the transferability of value stream mapping to create transparency along innovation processes’ efficiency. Therefore, the stage-gate-process as reference innovation process will be analysed in order to derive main measurable key performance indicators of stages and gates. The present work focuses on the conceptual introduction of R&D-Value Stream Mapping in the academic discourse and as a basis for testing this methodology in practice and will conclude in a critical assessment.