Big Data and the Future of R&D Management: The rise of big data and big data analytics will have significant implications for R&D and innovation management in the next decade.

Michael Blackburn, Jeffrey Alexander, J. David Legan, Diego Klabjan

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Abstract

OVERVIEW: This study explores the concept of big data and whether, and to what extent, it might affect R&D management in the future. Through extensive discussions to dissect the nature of big data and to achieve a common understanding of what it represents, a research framework was constructed to analyze the impact of big data based on its potential to inform, enable, and transform or disrupt R&D management across four dimensions: strategy, people, technology, and process integration. A literature review, interviews with experts, and case studies of organizations using big data demonstrate that this phenomenon will have significant implications for R&D and innovation management, although the nature and extent of that impact is somewhat uneven among different industry sectors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-51
Number of pages9
JournalResearch Technology Management
Volume60
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 3 2017

Keywords

  • Big data
  • Digitalization
  • IRI research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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