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Investigation of the R&D management process for incorporating short- and long-term interests in the selection of advanced engineering tasks: a case study at Volvo Cars Corporation
2003 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In the context of management of technology lies an inherent conflict between short- and long-term interests that arise from a difference in focus between R&D managers, establishing the prerequisites for long- term success, and operating managers, struggling in the daily operations securing the short-term survival in a competitive industry. The objective of this study is to investigate the R&D management process for incorporating short- and long-term interests in the selection of Advanced Engineering tasks at Volvo Cars Corporation. The conclusions of this study implies that the short-term perspective out rules the long-term perspective and that there is a mismatch in the process for allocating resources between R&D units and the crossfunctional Advanced Engineering phase based on market needs. The conclusions also highlight the indistinctions regarding who are responsible of developing and supporting long-termed strategies and who are responsible for transforming these strategies into plans.

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Keyword [en]
Technology, R&D process, automobile R&D management, Management of technology, R&D project selection, Advanced, Engineering
Keyword [sv]
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-58721ISRN: LTU-EX--03/190--SELocal ID: f4b2542b-22ac-41ff-b855-767ca67447edOAI: diva2:1032109
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Student thesis, at least 30 credits
Educational program
Industrial and Management Engineering, master's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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