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Perspectives: Top 12 Trends in the Science of Managing R&D and Product Development

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

Top 12 Trends in the Science of Managing R&D and Product Development-Perspectives

There are lots of trends and new ideas when it comes to the science of managing R&D. Some got started when a technological advance changed the best way to manage or make decisions. Others arose from new thinking in management science in the light of macro changes taking place in business and political structures, practices, and economics.

Twelve trends were addressed in this two part series that ran in January and February 2016 in Machine Design magazine.

At the Editor’s request, we have added a capstone article in the March 2016 issue entitled “Perspectives.” In this third and final piece, additional thoughts are offered on each trend and some of the interplay between trends is discussed.

As you consider each trend, keep “Big Data” in mind. It is a “macro trend” that will affect every industry and segment of the globe. It underlies more than half of the trends discussed, and, to a lesser extent, it will affect all 12. As an exercise, give some thought as to whether each trend is technology-driven or thinking-driven. In some cases, it’s both.

The 12 trends relating to the science of managing R&D are in the following twelve business and/or functional areas.

Trend 1. Rapid Prototyping (aka 3D printing)

Trend 2. Strategy

Trend 3. Product Definition

Trend 4. Organic Innovation and Growth

Trend 5. Search and Synthesis

Trend 6. Core and Functional Competencies

Trend 7. Engineering and Development Automation

Trend 8. Micro-Nano Effects

Trend 9. Physical vs. Virtual Work

Trend 10. Measurement and Correlation

Trend 11. Open Innovation

Trend 12. Intellectual Property

Here are the previously published Part I and Part II articles covering the 12 trends.

Top 12 Trends in the Science of Managing R&D and Product Development: Part 1 [Machine Design – January 2016] discusses the first six of the trends.

Top 12 Trends in the Science of Managing R&D and Product Development: Part 2 [Machine Design – February 2016] discusses the remaining six trends.

This is the capstonePerspectives” article that is the subject of this blog post.

Top 12 Trends in the Science of Managing R&D and Product Development: Perspectives [Machine Design – March 2016] discusses the trends as a whole and comments on selected interrelationships between trends.

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If the opportunity to interactively discuss these trends with colleagues sounds appealing, please consider joining us at GGI’s 14th R&D-Product Development Innovation Summit being held March 29-31, 2016 in Norwood, Massachusetts.  Or, join us at the 2nd Annual TechBrainers R&D Club Summit being held April 14, 2016 in Warsaw, Poland.


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