IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management

Issue 3 • Aug. 1971

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    Publication Year: 1971, Page(s): 1
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    Publication Year: 1971, Page(s): 79
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    THOSE whose work allows them to live in a relatively neat and orderly world — mathematical theorists, for example, or production managers, perhaps — may find it strange that R, D&E managers are constantly preoccupied with problems of uncertainty. But it is this everpresent uncertainty in the process of having to come up with a workable and usable solution to a very specific an... View full abstract»

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  • Some issues concerning the effectiveness of parallel strategies in R&D projects

    Publication Year: 1971, Page(s):80 - 89
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    This paper explores the effect of learning by determining the rate of learning that best explains the pattern of choice and outcome in 21 actual R&D projects. A fairly slow, rather than rapid rate of learning is found to be significantly associated with the pattern of choice and outcome realized in the cases that are analyzed. The methodology and implications of the results are discussed. View full abstract»

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  • Investment model for R&D project evaluation and selection

    Publication Year: 1971, Page(s):89 - 100
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    A mathematical model has been developed for the purpose of assisting R&D management in their evaluation and selection responsibilities of potential R&D projects. It is composed of (1) a project evaluation module that utilizes the concept of discounted cash flow to reduce the measures of each project to a single economic index (the expected net present value) and (2) a project selection mod... View full abstract»

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  • Some characteristics of technical entrepreneurs

    Publication Year: 1971, Page(s):100 - 109
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    Sixty-nine technical entrepreneurs were studied emphasizing description of several of their characteristics such as family background, education, and motivation. The results indicate that entrepreneurial fathers are more likely to produce entrepreneurial sons. An individual's home environment and attitudes that seem to be embodied in his religious background are likely to have strong influences on... View full abstract»

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  • Managing the commercial — Technical enterprise

    Publication Year: 1971, Page(s):109 - 114
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    This paper summarizes the results of a questionnaire from 38 companies with separate commercial and technical divisions and whose technical divisions deal with comparatively high technology. These companies are among the larger companies in the United States. The basic purpose of the analysis is to compare the ways in which top management of these companies treats these divisions with respect to c... View full abstract»

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  • About the authors

    Publication Year: 1971, Page(s):114 - 116
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    William J. Abernathy was born in Columbia, Term., on November 21, 1933. He received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1955, and the M.B.A. and the D.B.A. degrees from Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., in 1964 and 1967, respectively. 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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