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Management styles in industrial R&D organisations

Andrea Cavone (Research Fellow, Università C. Cattaneo (LIUC), Castellanza, Italy.)
Vittorio Chiesa (Associate Professor, Università C. Cattaneo (LIUC), Castellanza, Italy.)
Raffaella Manzini (Assistant Professor, all at the Università C. Cattaneo (LIUC), Castellanza, Italy.)

European Journal of Innovation Management

ISSN: 1460-1060

Article publication date: 1 June 2000



This paper aims to understand whether there are different styles of organisation and management of industrial R&D activities. Recent cases of re‐organisation of R&D activities within firms suggest that: R&D activities tend to be carried out in different units of the same organisation and often in different locations, and there seem to be inter‐industry differences among R&D processes. This paper attempts to explore whether and how a certain managerial/organisational style relates to the type of the R&D process (which varies from industry to industry) and to the different nature of the R&D activities. It also identifies the key characteristics of the R&D organisation and the strategic management of technology, associated with each style. The analysis is based upon an empirical study of 19 multinationals operating in various industrial sectors. A classification of the types of R&D process is adopted and the key characteristics of R&D management and organisation in each R&D type are described and discussed.



Cavone, A., Chiesa, V. and Manzini, R. (2000), "Management styles in industrial R&D organisations", European Journal of Innovation Management, Vol. 3 No. 2, pp. 59-71.




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