The Technology Scouting Process consists of five Technology Intelligence steps plus the step of Technology Sourcing....
Technology Scouting Overview
Innovation Methodology: Technology Scouting Technology Sourcing includes the identification of technology developments and the facilitation of the sourcing of technology. Provisioning of Technology Intelligence to facilitate the Technology Management Identification, assessment and usage of information on technological developments
Acquisition, development, storage, usage and selling of technological knowledge
Scouts identify and assess new technologies
Scouts facilitate the sourcing of technology
Building and using a network of experts for competitive advantage
Innovation Methodology: Technology Scouting Technology Scouting Process consists of five Technology Intelligence steps plus the step of Technology Sourcing.
Definition of search areas
Selection of information sources and methods to employ
Collection of Data
Filtering, analyzing, interpreting of data
Evaluation and decision making
Usage of information and sourcing of technologies Collection of data
Innovation Methodology: Technology Scouting Technology Sourcing supports the external sourcing of technology and the product specification and development. Innovation Management Fuzzy-front-end of Innovation
Product specification and development
Prototype validation and testing
Technology Management External Technology Sourcing
Storage, Internal generation and usage of technological knowledge
Technology selling or licensing
Innovation Methodology: Technology Scouting Framework for Empirical Research: PLS –path analysis will be used to analyze the success factors of technology scouting and how to organize it best.
Defined Process Functional interweavement Formalized connection to R&D Formulized connection to Marketing Methodological interweavement
Boundary spanner capabilities Network Size Technological competence Internal Network
Incentive System IT-Support Tools Balanced scout portfolio Role Differentiation
Stimulation of Innovation
Input for R&D projects Triggering of new R&D projects Triggering of new business field
Characteristics of the Scouts Facilitation of Technology Scouting
Management of Scouting Network
Help in assessment of technology Contact to relevant sources Sourcing needs identified Support in acquisition of technology Successful acquisition of technology
Innovation Methodology: Technology Scouting Project Planning: PLS-path analysis and in-depth case studies will be used to study organization and success factors of technology scouting.
In depth interviews with 10 multinational companies
Modeling a framework for research on success factors of technology scouting
Quantitative Interviews/Case Studies
Build on the Hypothesis of the framework – 50 qualitative Interviews are conducted.
In depth case studies will be conducted for six companies.
Based on the qualitative data, partial least-square path analysis is used to validate the hypothesis
Writing of Dissertation
The dissertation will discuss technology scouting as of a method of technology intelligence and technology management
The case studies are analyzed to gain knowledge of best practices
Innovation Methodology: Technology Scouting Motivation and Research Question: Further research on Technology Scouting is needed to identify success factors and to give recommendation on how to organize it.
Increase in technology complexity Globalization of R&D Shorter product life cycles Increasing volatility of markets No sufficient research on …. …success factors and …organization of technology scouting and ...interaction with other function of the organization
What are the aims of Technology Scouting? What are important success factors of Technology Scouting? How should Technology Scouting be interweaved within the company? What organizational forms of Technology Scouting have proven to be effective?
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