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New Product Development within Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Analysis Through Technology Management Maps

Authors: Millward H., Byrne C., Walters A.T., Lewis A. Published: 2006 Area of Research: Design Management Citation: Millward H., Byrne C., Walters A.T., Lewis A., 2006, New Product Development within Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Analysis Through Technology Management Maps, International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management, 3(3), ISSN 0219-8770, pp. 283 – 302, doi:10.1142/S0219877006000806

Abstract:

Technology management maps have been developed to evaluate new product development (NPD) within small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). These maps provide a graphical 'footprint' of a company in terms of knowledge, resources, quality, and innovation & change. A series of 15 case-study companies highlight that the shape and extent of the technology management maps correlate well with the overall impact of the NPD activities. Implementation of an effective NPD process is the main distinguishing factor between the best- and worst-performing companies. The inherent benefits of design-led technology are also encapsulated, specifically in the areas of resource savings and improved product quality.

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