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Today's most successful businesses thrive on their ability to recognize market needs, conceptualize products that will meet those needs, and acquire the technology necessary to make them a reality. This comprehensive book shows how to make this process of innovation and technology transfer work for your company. The authors describe and evaluate the whole innovation process as it would affect a company implementing a new product or service, from the initial identification of needs and opportunities, through the location and assessment of available technologies, to business and management aspects such as finance, marketing and intellectual property.

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Provides a nontechnical overview of innovation and technology transfer, with examples drawn from industry and commerce in different countries. Examines issues in the technology process such as manufacturing feasibility via product development and product launching, and treats patent and intellectual property issues as well as financial appraisal, management issues, and decision making. Of interest to business owners, managers, trainers, and technical staff. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Innovation and the Technology-Transfer Process 27
Ch. 3 Identifying and Monitoring Information 45
Ch. 4 Searching for the Technology 59
Ch. 5 Company-to-Company Transfers 83
Ch. 6 Evaluating the Technology 93
Ch. 7 Creating a Business Plan 101
Ch. 8 Financing Innovation 107
Ch. 9 Protecting the Technology 121
Ch. 10 Prototypes and Product Development 141
Ch. 11 Reducing the Risk of Failure When Introducing New Technologies 157
Ch. 12 The Management of Innovation and Change 167
Ch. 13 Project Management and the Launch of the New Product 177
Ch. 14 Training and Human Resources 191
Ch. 15 Control and Performance Measures 199
Conclusions 205
References 207
Appendix A: EU Framework Programme 1994-1998 209
Appendix B: Specific Programs of the IV Framework Programme 211
Appendix C: Examples of Past and Present EU Programs 219
About the Authors 225
Index 227
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