Keywords: technology analyses, just-in-time analyses, organisational decision-making, technology strategy, decision support, research and development, R&, D indicators, innovation, automated analyses, structured processes
Just-in-time technology analysis support
This paper offers a vision of 'Just-in-Time (JIT) Technology Analyses' (TA) – fast, timely, and structured guidance in support of technological decision making. It provides a framework to translate technology strategy into a set of operational indicators for assessing innovation prospects. The paper weighs advantages and impacts of timely information for organisational decision making. It notes the technological and organisational requirements for JIT analyses, then briefly discusses the steps involved, as well as opportunities for rapid and automated analyses. Six brief vignettes illustrate the principles and potential of JIT-TA.