Category Archives: Strategic planning

TeknoRoadmap, an approach for depicting emerging technologies

One of the biggest challenges for current enterprises is the adoption of emerging technologies as soon as these provide competitive improvements. In this sense, several types of technology forecasting and surveillance activities are present in their daily activity. From the academic point of view, technology forecasting activities involve the combination of methods of a diverse nature, with which the technology is depicted and its potential future paths are discussed. Within this conceptual framework, the present work aims at describing a novel approach, known as TeknoRoadmap, which combines bibliometrics and technology forecasting methods to depict emerging technologies. Thus, this contribution aims to widen the scope compared to those provided by previous works within the field, and to that end, the depiction of emerging technologies is provided based on two main elements, namely: the profile of the research activity; and a complete technology roadmap. The approach combines consolidated methods such as text mining and roadmapping, and novel ones such as web content mining, with special attention given to forecasting activities. The work provides a detailed description of the steps on which the approach is structured, as well as the results of one specific application to a cutting edge emerging technology: cloud computing.

Author(s): Iñaki Bildosola,Rosa María Río-Bélver, Gaizka Garechana, Ernesto Cilleruelo
Organization(s): University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU))
Source: Technology Forecasting & Social Change
Year: 2017

Identifying R&D partners through Subject-Action-Object semantic analysis in a problem & solution pattern (full-text)

Today’s companies still rely heavily on expert knowledge rather than quantitative data with a systematic approach to effectively identify and choose Research and Development (R&D) partners. It is advantageous to identify and select potential R&D partners using a Problem & Solution (P&S) pattern. This paper presents a novel process for identifying R&D partners on the basis of solution similarities that assist technology managers in understanding the relationships between research targets. First, we choose a thematic dataset that contains problems and quantitative data with relative topic terms. Then, we extract Subject-Action-Object semantic structures in a P&S pattern from the dataset, and identify various solutions to a technical problem, with each as a subject. In addition, we provide correlation mapping to visualise the text characters and identify R&D partners. Finally, we validate the proposed method through a case study of the dye-sensitized solar cells sector.

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Author(s): Xuefeng Wang, Zhinan Wang, Ying Huang, Yuqin Liu, Jiao Zhang, Xiaofan Heng, Donghua Zhu
Organization(s): Beijing Institute of Technology
Source: Technology Analysis & Strategic Management
Year: 2017

A taxonomy of small firm technology commercialization

This article proposes a taxonomy of business models used by small, highly innovative firms focused on technology commercialization. Such firms disproportionately contribute to technological change in the US economy. The firms operate across industries and use a variety of technology platforms. Exploratory factor analysis of keyword occurrence on firm websites generated a taxonomy comprising: research organization; development stage biosciences; highly specialized component supplier; specialized subcontractor; product solutions providers; and service solutions providers. This framework provides entrepreneurs and policy makers with an overview of new technology commercialization paths tailored to small, innovative firms.

Author(s): Dirk Libaers, Diana Hicks, and Alan L. Porter
Organization(s): University of Missouri, Georgia Institute of Technology
Source: Industrial and Corporate Change
Year: 2016

Intangible Heritage and Gastronomy: The Impact of UNESCO Gastronomy Elements

The objective of this study is two-fold: on the one hand, to determine whether literature has studied the relationship between intangible heritage and gastronomy; on the other, we have explored the use of UNESCO-recognized elements for marketing purposes. Two research questions have been addressed: (a) Is there a specific definition of gastronomy as intangible heritage? and (b) can the UNESCO-recognized elements be used for marketing purposes? We have used a method that combines content analysis and network analysis via the identification and study of keywords. The results showed a definition of gastronomy as intangible world heritage would be required. We have also observed that the use of the UNESCO-recognized elements, for marketing purposes, could be an opportunity for differentiating place’s identity.

Author(s): María de Miguel Molina, Blanca de Miguel Molina, Virginia Santamarina Campos, María del Val Segarra Oña
Organization: Universitat Politecnica de Valencia
Source: Journal of Culinary Science & Technology
Year: 2016

Identifying target for technology mergers and acquisitions using patent information and semantic analysis

Technology plays an increasingly important role in today’s enterprise competition. Technology mergers and acquisitions (Tech M&A), as an effective way to acquire external technology resources rapidly, have attracted attention from researchers because of their potential realization of value through synergy. A big challenge that faces corporate managers and government policy makers is how to identify the appropriate target to support effective technology integration. In this study, we develop a model of target selection of Tech M&A from the perspective of technology relatedness and R&D capability. We present the results relating to M&A in the field of cloud computing in China.

Author(s): Lu Huang, Lining Shang, Kangrui Wang, Alan L Porter, and Yi Zhang
Organization(s): Beijing Institute of Technology
Source: 2015 Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology
Year: 2015

Technology Mining of Gulf Coast Intellectual Assets: Discovering Regional Assets for Economic Development

The Gulf Coast is facing significant challenges in rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina. Post disaster perceptions of blight and crime have severely harmed the bread-and-butter industry of the area: tourism. As a result, the region must take inventory of its intellectual assets in order to determine new areas for economic development. This chapter first discusses the importance of absorptive capacity in economic development. It then presents from a technology mining study conducted on the intellectual assets (publications and patents) along what is known as the I-10 Corridor in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. These results reveal indicators of the economic development struggle of the region. More importantly, they reveal the technology areas, largely economically untapped, where the region exhibits strong research capabilities and educational focus, indicating high levels of absorptive capacity and thus, are areas prime for economic development. In addition, the paper demonstrates how technology mining can be used as a tool to aid in economic development decision-making.

Author(s): Cherie Courseault Trumbach, Sandra Hartman and Olof Lundberg
Organization(s): University of New Orleans
Source: Management of Technology Innovation and Value Creation: Selected Papers from the 16th International Conference on Management of Technology; World Scientific
Year: 2015

Nano/micro-electro mechanical systems: a patent view

Combining both bibliometrics and citation network analysis, this research evaluates the global development of micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS) research based on the Derwent Innovations Index database. We found that worldwide, the growth trajectory of MEMS patents demonstrates an approximate S shape, with United States, Japan, China, and Korea leading the global MEMS race. Evidenced by Derwent class codes, the technology structure of global MEMS patents remains steady over time. Yet there does exist a national competitiveness component among the top country players. The latecomer China has become the second most prolific country filing MEMS patents, but its patent quality still lags behind the global average.

Author(s): Guangyuan Hu and Weishu Liu
Organization(s): Shanghai University of Finance and Economics,Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Source: Journal of Nanoparticle Research
Year: 2015

Innovation and Design Process Ontology

Many domain-specific ontologies exist. These ontologies are used in text mining processes to better understand text that is available within the specific domain. Example domains include specific business areas such as marketing or functional areas such as particular types of operations within the intelligence community. This paper makes a step toward developing a broad ontology for the innovation and design process as a domain. Such an ontology can be used to better understand the discussion that takes places in the design and development of new innovations and can be used to better understand the influences on that development. In many cases, the success, failure, or final direction of a new innovation may not rest upon its technical merits but on the non-technical influences during the design and development process such as political influences. This paper uses examples within the shipbuilding domain in order to take steps toward building an Innovation and Design Process Ontology that can be applied to the Technology Delivery System (TDS) framework as a means of capturing and understanding the influences on the delivery system.

Author(s): C.C. Trumbach, C. McKesson, P. Ghandehari, L. DeCan, and O. Eslinger
Organization: University of New Orleans
Source:  2015 Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology (PICMET)
Year: 2015

Visualization of knowledge integration in a Japanese cutting edge research institution: A multi level bibliometric perspective

The complexity of the problems facing society, such as health care, mobility, or environment, call for solutions cutting across different disciplines. This lies at the heart of interdisciplinary research. Interdisciplinarity has been strongly promoted worldwide over the recent years. For the case of Japan, a prominent example is the WPI (World Premier International Research Center) initiative. The integration of unrelated or distant bodies of knowledge – also regarded as knowledge integration, fusion, confluence, or convergence – is an essential factor for interdisciplinary research. This study aims at quantitatively and visually capturing knowledge integration in a cutting edge WPI research institution in Japan. By combining different existing approaches into one integrated framework, fuller, more holistic, insights into the knowledge integration efforts can be gained. Three levels of analysis are proposed: macro, meso, and micro; each of them targeting knowledge integration at different granularities. For each of these levels, different bibliometric based and visualization approaches are used: global research maps, science overlays, and research landscapes, respectively. The results of these analyses will not only provide key insights into the way knowledge integration efforts can be assessed in cutting edge research institutions, but also they are expected to serve as a spearheading efforts for the conduction of further `technology intelligence’ studies.

Author(s): A. A. Robinson
Organization: Kyoto University
Source: 2015 Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology (PICMET)
Year: 2015

Future of sustainable military operations under emerging energy and security considerations

• The nature of warfare is changing thus the requirement for energy.
• Energy is a key component of sustainable operations.
• Energy trends are analyzed in three stages including generation, transfer and storage through technology mining.
• Scenarios are developed based on the future characteristics of warfare and emerging energy needs of military operations.
• Stages of military energy transformation are described and strategies for military energy are formulated.


Due to limited energy sources and growing concerns about environment, secure, safe and sustainable energy has become one of the Grand Challenges at the global level. Likewise in many other aspects of life, energy is crucial for military forces. In parallel to the changing nature of warfare, the need for energy in military operations has increased dramatically. While energy consumption in the World War II was 1 gal per soldier per day, it was 4 gal per soldier per day during the Desert Storm operation in 1991. Not only the quantity, but also the type of energy required for military operations has changed dramatically. Shifts have been observed from individual man power to machines powered by fuel and electricity. Energy demand and type have changed further through the introduction of more sophisticated devices with new capabilities such as to enable night vision, designate targets with lasers, provide advanced sensing and communication capabilities and reduce human involvement in operations through drones and robotic technologies. Investigating the trends in changing nature of warfare and energy through review, technology mining and scientometrics, the present study develops future scenarios, and a strategic roadmap to identify priority technology areas and strategies for the future military energy R&D.

Author(s): Ozcan Saritas, Serhat Burmaoglu
Organization(s): Higher School of Economics (HSE)
Source: TF&SC
Year: 2015