Technology Management

Activities and tools

by Dilek Cetindamar, Rob Phaal and David Probert


In this book, Cetindamar, Phaal and Probert arrive at the most inspiring, plausible and innovative ideas about the way successful technology management is practised. They further offer a set of key tools that will be helpful in the everyday managerial processes of technology and innovation-driven companies. Their ideas have novel and significant implications for teaching and management.
What the authors found was startlingly simple: the base of technology management is a function of six processes and six tools. While there are numerous books on the topic of innovation, this volume’s real value is its exposition of the two sides of the same coin and the illustration of these processes through exhaustive case studies.
This most stimulating book offers companies a convincing way to make technological innovations more effective in boosting their competitiveness. It therefore must be read by managers and students who plan a managerial career in the coming innovation age.
- Hugo P. Tschirky, Professor Emeritus Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), founding member of the European Institute of Technology and Innovation Management (EITIM)
An excellent and well organized resource for people wanting to understand the complexities of technology management. Because the book is structured around a framework and offers a range of tools and techniques, it is also essential for those already working in technology management who want to ensure they follow a structured approach to decision making. I was impressed by the comprehensive coverage of key definitions and concepts, and the application of these concepts to case examples. - Jenny Darroch, author of Marketing Through Turbulent Times and Professor of Marketing at Drucker Graduate School of Management, USA
This volume delivers an excellent guide for managers and for final year undergraduate and postgraduate students who want to hit the ground running in firms driven by technology innovation. It describes Technology Management as rooted in a particular set of management competencies delivered through a related set of management tools and is based on detailed extended case studies. The book fills a gap between general Operations Management texts and more diffuse Innovation Management texts. - Dr Chris Ivory, Degree Programme Director, Masters in Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship, Newcastle University Business School, UK
A much needed update on the field of technology and innovation management, written by a team of academics with a keen sense of industry needs. It provides an accessible and clear-cut picture of state-of-the-art TM frameworks, and offers theoretically grounded yet hands-on illustrations of how to apply the field’s most central tools. This book will be of great value to students of technology and innovation management, as well as its practitioners. - Tomas Hellström,Professor at CIRCLE, Lund University, Sweden
Cetindamar, Phaal and Probert provide the reader with a clear and comprehensive guide to the theory and practice of technology management. Not only is this book a useful collection of the best approaches and analytical frameworks, but the structure adopted by the authors connects a generic process model with valuable tools and techniques in an integrated approach. We are taken through a series of six technology management activities in Part I, followed by six tools for the manager in Part II, including patent analysis, the S-curve and the stagegate framework. Each of these is illustrated with related case studies, linking a specific analytical approach to business strategies more generally. The chapter structure provides a useful framework for linking past studies with key academic concepts and practice, whilst the style and content are both hugely engaging. It is an excellent book in an important field for both aspiring and practising managers in technology management. - Simon Collinson, Professor of International Business and Innovation, Warwick Business School, UK
The reputation of this book’s international author team promises academic depth and practitioner value. It does not disappoint on either count. Its technology management framework articulates six linked activities which are then mapped to practical technology management tools. This integrated approach provides both a solid basis on which readers may understand the technology management concept and guidance on how they may manage technology within their own environments. The book draws on a wealth of traditional and contemporary work from the field, and includes a comprehensive bibliography of technology management sources. It is a valuable mine of information for scholars, managers and technologists worldwide. - Margaret Taylor, Professor of Operations and Technology Management, Bradford University School of Management, UK
Grounded in dynamic capabilities theory, Dilek Cetindamar, Robert Phaal and David Probert focus on the often overlooked micro-level analysis of Technology Management. Their book explains how a carefully selected set of tools (patent analysis, portfolio management, roadmapping, S-curve, stagegate and value analysis) can help technology managers successfully conduct the key technology processes (acquisition, exploitation, identification, protection and selection). This book is an insightful resource for the technology management student and the professional. The student can benefit from the practical examples that bring the technology management tools and processes to life. The professional can benefit from the clearly written processes that explain the applicability of the presented tools. It makes frequent reference to relevant theoretical concepts and as a result it also serves as an excellent guide for the interested reader who wants to learn more about the discipline. Overall, this is an exciting book that provides a sophisticated, yet simple account of technology management. - Dr Christos-Dimitris Tsinopoulos, Lecturer in Operations & Project Management, Durham Business School, Durham University, UK