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Issue 2 • Date May 1971

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  • About this issue

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    THE FIRST paper in this issue by Stephenson et al. is a thorough study of obstacles and incentives to creativity, levels of risk-taking situations, and conflicting objective situations in organizations. The reader will find that the authors have taken care to provide references to related research and to carefully and fully describe how they obtained the information upon which they base their findings, both of which should serve to increase the reader's ability to assess the credibility of the information that is offered for his use. View full abstract»

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  • Development of organizational climate inventories for use in R&D organizations

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    Three questionnaires were completed by 109 employees of a government R&D laboratory and 121 employees from 28 industrial R&D organizations. In one questionnaire the respondents expressed their opinions about obstacles and incentives to creativity in the organizations at which they worked; in another they indicated `actual' and `ideal' levels of risk-taking situations in their organizations; and in the third they indicated to what extent 15 statements about conflicting objective situations were characteristic of their organisations. The answers seemed to indicate that at the government laboratory there were fewer obstacles to creativity than in industry, that risks were taken oftener at the government laboratory than in industry, and that conflicting objective situations differed between the government laboratory and industry. View full abstract»

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  • Managing the development of an experimental computer-aided technology planning system (PLANET)

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    This paper describes the evolution of an experimental computer-aided technology planning tool (PLANET) for integrating technology plans and evaluating potential resource allocations to mission-oriented technology programs. Factors influencing the development of this experimental planning system are discussed. Based on this experience, summary observations are presented including guidelines, evaluation criteria, and problems encountered. View full abstract»

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  • Organizations of unsuccessful R&D projects

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    This paper discusses the organization and the criterion for funding of an applied research project that can be regarded as a collection of necessary but potentially unsuccessful tasks. Each task might be successfully achieved by any of a number of alternative approaches. Each alternative approach can be regarded as a collection of necessary but potentially unsuccessful subtasks. Each subtask consists of subalternatives, etc. A comparatively simple procedure is given for selecting which projects to fund, for estimating various expected expenditures, and for determining that order of carrying out the tasks, alternatives, subtasks, etc., of a project that minimizes the project's expected cost. The procedure takes into account the possibility that the project may fail and be abandoned before all tasks, subtasks, etc., are performed and the possibility that engineering considerations may exclude some economically desirable task orderings. A number of industrial practices are discussed from this viewpoint. View full abstract»

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  • Analysis of some portfolio selection models for R&D

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    This paper presents an analytical review of mathematical programming models that have been proposed as aids to the related problems of resource allocation and project selection in R&D. The models are classified according to whether they are based on linear, integer, or dynamic programming. Representative examples from these classes are described and evaluated in detail. The evaluation is in terms of data requirements; built-in assumptions; ease of computation; usefulness of outputs; versatility of application. View full abstract»

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  • About the authors

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    Clara E. Erickson was born in Baumholder, Germany, on March 15, 1934. She received the B.A. degree in psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1955. She spent the following year studying psychology on a Fullbright scholarship at the Ludwig Maximilian Universität, Munich, Germany. She then returned to the University of Michigan where she received the M.A. degree in psychology in 1957. View full abstract»

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Management of technical functions such as research, development, and engineering in industry, government, university, and other settings. Emphasis is on studies carried on within an organization to help in decision making or policy formation for RD&E. 

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