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  • Technology Management in the Knowledge Era [front matter]

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):i - xvi
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  • Author index

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):835 - 836
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  • Coevolution of patent strategy and product strategy

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):481 - 484 vol.2
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    In the era of knowledge, the fit between the environment such as market and national patent system and product and patent strategies determines the longevity of a product. Patent strategy and product strategies coevolve by influencing each other through technology choices. This study offers a model to explain the coevolution of patent and product strategies View full abstract»

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  • Profiting from innovations in digital information goods: the role of intellectual property rights

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):471 - 480 vol.2
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    Advances in digital technology have substantially reduced the costs of reproducing and distributing digital information goods such as computer programs and games, documents, and works of music. Yet while abuses of intellectual property rights are difficult to trace, and infringement suits are expensive and uncertain to prosecute, innovation in these goods has continued unabated. This paper asks: H... View full abstract»

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  • External technology commercialization: policy guidelines

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):485 - 496 vol.2
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    A growing number of publications are addressing the issue of intellectual capital. Patents are one form of intellectual capital. Patents play an important role in the appropriation of rents for firms. This is exactly what makes them valuable. However, the question arises: what is constituting the value of a patent? What is discerning a valuable from a nonvaluable patent? In the past, economists we... View full abstract»

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  • Technology transfer and succession planning: the relevance of make-or-buy analysis

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):439 - 443 vol.2
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    Replacement of ageing process technologies is an ongoing requirement for manufacturing businesses, raising the opportunity to outsource old technologies for an interim period. A structured approach to this traditional problem is given, utilising a new make or buy framework and methodology, with a case example from the domestic appliance industry View full abstract»

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  • Measuring intangibles: managing intangibles for tangible outcomes

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):303 - 313 vol.2
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    Methodologies, processes and tools have long been established to effectively manage financial, and to some extent human, capital. When it comes to the measurement and management of intellectual capital and social capital, the expertise of organizations greatly diminish. This is most likely due to the lack of ability to accurately characterize and measure these intangible assets. The tangible asset... View full abstract»

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  • Organizing for e-business: the implementation of management principles in electronic commerce

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):22 - 28 vol.2
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    This paper reviews some key structural and design dimensions of organizations and how they apply to electronic business and the virtual organization. The paper reviews the relevant literature on design of electronic commerce organizations. Although few studies have dealt with these issues, the paper highlights some research questions that emerge from the literature, and examines selected dimension... View full abstract»

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  • Growth modeling for e-commerce firms

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):46 - 49 vol.2
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    Some basic issues of electronic commerce (EC) firms are discussed. A general procedure to model the growth of the EC firms is proposed. A mathematical optimization model to analyze the issues and determine the optimal growth rate is given. Finally, a case model study is presented, and some possible extensions are discussed View full abstract»

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  • High-tech, high-touch: reconstructing the human element in high-tech companies

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):505 - 509 vol.2
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    The said purpose of the new technologies of information and communication is to diffuse knowledge. Many analysts-Vastel (1999), Saramago (1999) and Barber (1999) foremost-are wondering, however, if these technologies haven't finally surpassed their optimum state and if this new "all NTIC" ideology won't now become a source of oppression for men and women (Ramonet, 1999). In order to counterbalance... View full abstract»

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  • Knowledge management in international technology transfer

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):355 - 364 vol.2
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    The research empirically explores how knowledge transfer is managed within firms by using modern information technologies (ITs) and the problems which are encountered. The results indicate that the utilization of ITs has allowed companies to store, share and distribute knowledge; facilitated worldwide collaboration; and facilitated rapid international technology transfer View full abstract»

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  • The fit between problem solving style and perceived problem complexity as a major determinant of knowledge generation during product innovation: empirical evidence and implications for a theory of learning

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):291 - 302 vol.2
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    This paper presents the findings of an empirical study aimed at investigating the influence that some factors describing the context pattern perceived by individuals and some other factors shaping the problem solving style have on the generation of new knowledge during technical problem-solving in small manufacturing firms. In a previous study, these factors were identified. Here the effect that t... View full abstract»

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  • The value of project risk management

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):570 - 576 vol.2
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    Managing project risk costs money. This paper considers the bottom-line justification for project risk management and the question of whether there is some optimal level of investment in this activity. Few guidelines exist as to how an appropriate balance between risks and rewards can be achieved. This paper develops a simple model based on utility theory which can be used to compare the benefits ... View full abstract»

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  • Management and policy concerns in the transition to the knowledge driven economy in Japan

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):829 - 834 vol.2
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    In this paper, an analysis is made of the management and policy concerns in the transition to the knowledge driven economy in Japan. A comprehensive viewpoint is taken on what is meant by knowledge driven, embracing more than the new economy, or IT revolution. Japan has been competitive in the old economy, but may be lagging behind in the new economy. The traditional areas of strengths in the old ... View full abstract»

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  • Forecasting micro electro mechanical systems: a disruptive innovation

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):391 - 399 vol.2
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    Two alternative methods for forecasting micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS)-a type of disruptive innovation are offered. The first method improves upon the currently used method by considering pro-innovation bias and distributional effects of expert opinions. The second method builds upon the established forecasting literature. Both methods are described in a detailed applied manner to encoura... View full abstract»

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  • Management indicators model to evaluate performance of IT organizations

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):217 - 229 vol.2
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    There is no arguing nowadays about the importance of IT for the growth and competitive edge of organizations. But if technology is to be a true asset for a company, it must be aligned with the business strategic goals by means of a formalized system of strategic planning, maturity of development process, technology management and corporative quality vision. The accrued benefits can be manifold: th... View full abstract»

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  • Science and technology roadmapping to support project planning

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):637 - 649 vol.2
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    Disciplined science and technology roadmapping provides a framework to coordinate research and development activities with project objectives. This case-history paper describes initial project technology needs identification, assessment and R&D ranking activities supporting characterization of 781 waste tanks requiring a 'hazardous waste determination' or 'verification of empty' decision to me... View full abstract»

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  • Can innovative R&D performance be managed

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):151 - 159 vol.2
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    Companies around the world look toward their R&D function for innovative ideas that can be transferred to market for economic gain. Yet, managers often argue that innovative R&D performance is difficult to measure and nearly impossible to control. The findings of a field study into technology-oriented R&D environments show that effective management of innovative R&D teams involves ... View full abstract»

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  • Biostatistics: the hidden path to life science innovation

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):610 - 617 vol.2
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    This exploratory paper investigates the infrastructure for life-science-based new product development. The practice of biostatistics has long been seen as a crucial element of the regulatory process for approving the release of new drugs and medical devices, but the authors hypothesize that it serves a larger role in the new product development process in pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms. To... View full abstract»

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  • Organizational changes in product development in various process industries

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):589 - 598 vol.2
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    This paper discusses organizational changes in development projects in various process industries due to new product development. What brings this change forward and what kinds of problems need to be solved for the companies so that they can carry out this change? What role does the strategic competence supply play in this organizational change in product development projects? Does an industry's t... View full abstract»

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  • Knowledge-based view on internationalization and effect of product/service types

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):320 - 334 vol.2
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    Small Infocom firms often show fast international growth. However, there are also differences in attitudes, speed and scope of internationalization within the industry and these can partly be attributed to differences in knowledge related variables like level of knowledge, its tacitness and path dependency. Results from the authors' survey of 171 Finnish SMEs show that product or service type may ... View full abstract»

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  • TRIZ in the knowledge era: achieving profitable e-commerce

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):15 - 21 vol.2
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    TRIZ is the data-based creativity method based on the work of G. Altshuller and his colleagues in the former USSR. It is becoming known in the West as a method for systematic innovation that creates useful, innovative concepts fast. Because the TRIZ research was originally based on the world patent database of the 1940s-1980s, there has been some doubt that TRIZ applies to the problems of the 21 View full abstract»

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  • An analysis and comparison of different types of electronic payment systems

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):38 - 45 vol.2
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    Two parties that conduct a business transaction through the Internet do not see each other face-to-face; nor do they exchange any document or currency hand-to-hand. When electronic money is transferred from a buyer to a seller over telecommunications networks, accuracy and security is critical. This paper explores the advantages and limitations of four types of electronic payment systems: namely, ... View full abstract»

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  • Technology selection in brownfields redevelopment

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):650 - 658 vol.2
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    Sustainable redevelopment of contaminated "brownfields" properties offers many economic and social benefits. However, due to the uncertainties of potential clean up cost, the practicality of available technologies, time constraints, community concerns, as well as additional costs associated with development of brownfields sites, many developers forgo brownfields development. These same uncertainti... View full abstract»

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  • Task-centered manufacturing information system: structure and application

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):240 - 249 vol.2
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    Demands on manufacturing industry to provide flexibility and to reduce costs have put pressures on manufacturing companies to improve productivity. These demands, coupled with computer hardware and software advances, have encouraged manufacturing information system (MIS) development. As a result the role and importance of a MIS within the manufacturing environment has changed dramatically in recen... View full abstract»

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