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Technology development productivity : case studies in technology transition

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dc.contributor.advisor Daniel E. Whitney and Sara Beckman. en_US Taplett, Amanda Kingston en_US
dc.contributor.other Leaders for Manufacturing Program. en_US 2007-12-07T16:07:09Z 2007-12-07T16:07:09Z 2007 en_US 2007 en_US
dc.description Thesis (M.B.A.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management; and, (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering; in conjunction with the Leaders for Manufacturing Program at MIT, 2007. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 79). en_US
dc.description.abstract Development of new technology is critical to the growth and success of technology-driven companies. New technology is generated in a number of ways, one of the most important being the company's own internal research and development department. This thesis examines the transfer of technology developed in an internal R&D group into product development groups across multiple business units of the company. An analysis of the company's documented development process activities and metrics will establish the context in which technology is transferred. The company's organizational structure is a central R&D group that supports two market-focused business units, each with their own technology development group. A series of five case studies tracking technology that was developed in the central R&D group and transferred to the business units will illustrate the way technology development activity occurs in the organization. The R&D organization is structured to support research, applied research, and development activities that drive both incremental and radical innovation, and it is managed to support a balance of short term and long term strategic goals. en_US
dc.description.abstract (cont.) The case studies highlight the fact that project definition should include attention to the goal the project is intended to achieve, the type of innovation used to achieve that goal, recognition of the phase or maturity of technological research in that area, and how those aspects of the project should shape the development process and plans for communication and collaboration. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Amanda Kingston Taplett. en_US
dc.format.extent 79 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.subject Sloan School of Management. en_US
dc.subject Mechanical Engineering. en_US
dc.subject Leaders for Manufacturing Program. en_US
dc.title Technology development productivity : case studies in technology transition en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US S.M. en_US M.B.A. en_US
dc.contributor.department Sloan School of Management. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. en_US
dc.contributor.department Leaders for Manufacturing Program. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 175304711 en_US

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