OVERCOMING BARRIERS IN R AND D COUPLING
Special Management rept.
OFFICE OF AEROSPACE RESEARCH ARLINGTONVA OFFICE OF SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL INFORMATION
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The purpose of the paper is to share the lessons learned from a real- life effort of seeking practical applications of new technology resulting from research efforts under an ARPA contract. The paper identifies numerous obstacles that must be overcome by a proponent of a technological application the manufacturing barriers of specifications costs, cost accounting systems and risks in innovation the engineering barriers of configuration control, schedule and costs the management barriers of risks and costs development barriers of training and technology transfer, procurement and survival. The impact of these barriers is that the innovation process is a complex, multidisciplinary one, requiring many diverse skills - marketing, selling, finance, law and even psychology. Certain implications are pointed out for R and D management the need for proper timing of the coupling process, the proper selection of the technology to be coupled, the need for the organization of the coupling programs, and a need for testing of some hypotheses.
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