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Improving the R&D-production interface in industrial companies

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1 Author(s)
Vasconcellos, E. ; Fac. de Econ. Adm. e Contabilidade, Sao Paulo Univ., Brazil

Today, technological innovation is considered an essential component of corporate success. However, investment in R&D will result in innovative products only if research findings are transferred to production. This paper presents the results of a study on the barriers to and facilitators of this transfer process. Data were collected from 60 R&D division managers and 58 production managers from 61 companies in Brazil. Size of the R&D unit and the nature of the technology were considered in the analysis. Recommendations to improve the links between R&D and production are presented

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Engineering Management, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:41 ,  Issue: 3 )