Assessing the technological capabilities of firms: developing a policy tool

Rush, Howard, Bessant, John and Hobday, Michael (2007) Assessing the technological capabilities of firms: developing a policy tool R&D Management, 37 (3). pp. 221-236. ISSN 0033-6807

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The development of technological capabilities results from an extended learning process and external policy agents can play an important role in its development. This paper outlines trends in governmental and non-governmental policy initiatives and the use of concepts such as capability and absorptive capacity, which are positioned within generic-staged models of capability maturity. This paper describes the development of a technology capability assessment/audit tool that has been designed to help locate firms within four archetypes based upon their level of maturity on nine key dimensions of the management of technology. The tool is intended to help bridge the gap between our theoretical understanding of the principles of technology management and policy practice – allowing policy makers to design mechanisms that focus resources in areas of greatest need through the appropriate selection of policy mechanisms and the targeted design of policy. The use of this tool in field experiments is described along with the implications for policy making.

Item Type: Journal article
Subjects: N000 Business and Management > N200 Management studies > N210 Management techniques > N215 Change and Innovation
N000 Business and Management > N100 Business studies
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1111/j.1467-9310.2007.00471.x
Faculties: Brighton Business School > Centre for Research in Innovation Management
Depositing User: editor centrim
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2009
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2015 13:05

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