Key principles for integrating multiple roadmaps for innovation system foresight: Case studies of RTOs with innovation missions beyond just technology RD

Jae Yun Ho, Eoin O'Sullivan

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Abstract

Strategy exercises based on roadmapping approaches are increasingly being used to support effective management and foresight of diverse functions of technological innovation systems. In addition to roadmaps for technology development, a set of specialised roadmaps that particularly focus on the development of other functional activities of innovation (such as standardisation, education and workforce development, and infrastructure development) are being developed for their timely and effective management in support of innovation. As there are significant relationships and interdependences between these various functions, there may be value in systematic integration and alignment of corresponding roadmaps, in order to promote the overall functioning of technological innovation systems. However, evidence shows that they are largely disconnected from each other, increasing potential risks of inefficient use of resources and missed opportunities to capture greater value from technology RD. In this context, this paper presents case study analyses of recent roadmapping exercises, demonstrating the importance of aligning multiple, interrelated roadmaps focusing on various functions of innovation systems in a coherent and integrated way; it also identifies key guiding principles and practical requirements to support such integration and alignment. Roadmaps developed by Manufacturing USA institutes provide interesting case studies, as they have broad innovation missions including, for example, both technology development as well as education and workforce development. By identifying associated challenges as well as useful activities adopted in practice, the paper offers guidance on how integrated roadmapping processes can be designed for more effective management of diverse functional activities of technological innovation systems. It thus provides an initial stepping stone for developing a more structured process of innovation system foresight, which is increasingly important with the systemic, contextual and evolutionary understanding of innovation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPICMET 2019 - Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology
Subtitle of host publicationTechnology Management in the World of Intelligent Systems, Proceedings
EditorsDundar F. Kocaoglu, Timothy R. Anderson, Dilek Cetindamar Kozanoglu, Kiyoshi Niwa, Harm-Jan Steenhuis
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781890843403
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Aug
Event2019 Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology, PICMET 2019 - Portland, United States
Duration: 2019 Aug 252019 Aug 29

Publication series

NamePICMET 2019 - Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology: Technology Management in the World of Intelligent Systems, Proceedings

Conference

Conference2019 Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology, PICMET 2019
CountryUnited States
CityPortland
Period19/8/2519/8/29

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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    Ho, J. Y., & O'Sullivan, E. (2019). Key principles for integrating multiple roadmaps for innovation system foresight: Case studies of RTOs with innovation missions beyond just technology RD. In D. F. Kocaoglu, T. R. Anderson, D. C. Kozanoglu, K. Niwa, & H-J. Steenhuis (Eds.), PICMET 2019 - Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology: Technology Management in the World of Intelligent Systems, Proceedings [8893831] (PICMET 2019 - Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology: Technology Management in the World of Intelligent Systems, Proceedings). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.23919/PICMET.2019.8893831