Collaborative R&D: Manufacturing's New Tool / Edition 1

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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.

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GENE ALLEN is the Director for Collaborative Development at theMacNeal-Schwendler Corporation, where he works with MSC's majorcustomers in establishing collaborative development programs. Priorto joining MSC, Mr. Allen was the Director for CollaborativeDevelopment at the nonprofit National Center for ManufacturingSciences, the largest manufacturing research consortium in theUnited States. Mr. Allen can be contacted

RICK JARMAN is the Director of Advanced Manufacturing Affairs forEastman Kodak Company. Mr. Jarman is responsible for managingglobal programs that include policymakers, partners, and consortiamanagement. Mr. Jarman can be contacted at

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Table of Contents


The Manufacturing Business Perspective.

Benefits of Collaboration.


The End-User Champion.

The Vision.

The Network.




Network a Vision.

Initial Meeting.

Internal Company/Organization Commitment.

Government Assistance.


Individual Relationships and Trust.

Process Understanding.

Contractual Agreements.


Collaborative Program Management.

Project Selection and Approval.

Project Implementation.




List of Acronyms.


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