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The ability to collaborate, particularly in new manufacturingtechnology development, is becoming a corporate competence thatwill determine which companies survive in the next decade. With theadvent of the telecommunications and information infrastructurerealized in the 1990s, companies that can effectively collaborateto get new technologies applied will stand a greater chance ofremaining competitive in today's market. Collaborative R&Doffers the methods and metrics for developing collaborativetechnology programs and partnerships, both within the industry andbetween major competitors. R&D experts Allen and Jarman Providea complete map for collaboration, taken from their collective yearsof experience in creating, promoting, and managing manycollaborative R&D initiatives over the past decade. Theyinclude the guidelines for determining what technology developmentareas are appropriate for collaboration, and what ingredients needto be in place for it to be successful. The authors' experiencesare detailed in a format that walks the reader through the Processof identifying, starting, and managing collaborative R&Dprograms. Having developed these programs with companies like Ford,Texas Instruments, Boeing, AT&T, and Kodak, Allen and Jarmaninclude numerous real-world examples, which show how to choosecollaborative partners, how to use the government in establishingR&D programs, successful management techniques, means ofaddressing intellectual property, and how to address accountingconcerns. The book also illustrates the significant benefits ofcollaborative R&D, helping managers and technologyprofessionals realize its value by enabling them to make the mostknowledgeable decisions and take the best actions possible, in anygiven situation. Among some of the benefits that have resulted fromthe authors' collaborative programs:
* Pratt & Whitney developed software tools that enabled them tokeep one of their plants from closing.
* Ford reduced a two-week design process to four hours.
* An acceleration by at least a year in 32 key Printed Wiring Boardresearch tasks resulted in research savings of about $35.5million.
Collaborative R&D is valuable reading for any business thatplans to thrive in a new global economy where all availablefinancial and human assets will need to be leveraged for thegreatest return-and with minimal risk.
The Manufacturing Business Perspective.
Benefits of Collaboration.
INGREDIENTS OF COLLABORATION.
The End-User Champion.
STARTING A COLLABORATIVE PROGRAM.
Network a Vision.
Internal Company/Organization Commitment.
TOOLS FOR COLLABORATION.
Individual Relationships and Trust.
MAKING COLLABORATION WORK.
Collaborative Program Management.
Project Selection and Approval.
TOMORROW'S BUSINESS CULTURE -COLLABORATION.
List of Acronyms.