State-of-the-art statements in technology-related issues of business policy are presented in this volume. All aspects of technology policy which managers have to cope with are covered, including: R&D management, technological developments as related to corporate strategy, procedures conducive to innovation, matching technological development trends and so on. In order to provide a global world perspective, contributions have been made by authors from Europe, the US and Japan. Each author presents an articulated framework of his/her topic, based on personal research, with due consideration of the analytical tools presently available to managers and strategists. The authors of each single chapter contribute comments to the others. The book should provide useful indications for scholars and professionals, students, R&D managers, stategists and planners, and all general managers who have to deal with technological decisions and issues.
Preface. Technology strategies in the nineties: An introduction (J. Allouche, G. Pogorel, G. Schmidt). Technology awareness and competitive advantage (P.H. Birnbaum-More). Comment by K. Pavitt. Comment by J. Allouche, G. Pogorel, G. Schmidt. Managing innovation as an organizational knowledge creation process (I. Nonaka). Comment by P.S. Adler. Comment by K. Pavitt. Generic versus localized knowledge: a model of technical choice (C. Antonelli). Comment by P.H. Birnbaum-More. Comment by F. Kodama. Benchmarking the strategic management of technical functions: a synthesis of the literature (P.S. Adler, D.W. McDonald, F. MacDonald). Comment by I. Nonaka. High-tech syndrome: where it comes from and how to manage it (F. Kodama). Comment by C. Antonelli. Comment by D. Leonard-Barton. Internal technology transfer in new product and process development: modes of interaction (D. Leonard-Barton). Comment by C. Antonelli. Comment by F. Kodama. The R&D system behind Japan's high technology products - Technology, human resources and work organization (M. Ito). Comment by D. Leonard-Barton. Comment by J. Allouche, G. Pogorel, G. Schmidt. Corporate technology strategies and national systems of innovation (K. Pavitt, P. Patel). Comment by P.S. Adler. Comment by I. Nonaka. Biographical information. Subject index.