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Category IIR Working Paper
Author Aoshima, Yaichi: Tatsuya Kubota
Article Title An Influence of Organizational Positioning of R&D Activity on Innovation Process: A Comparative Analysis of ArF Resist Materials Development
Institution Hitotsubashi University IIR
Number WP#11-06
Release Date 2011/04/25
Abstract In this research, we explored how organizational positioning of R&D activities, especially distance from the operating environment, affects researchers’ problem solving routines by conducting an in-depth comparative case study for ArF resist materials (resist materials for an argon fluoride laser lithography) development carried out throughout 90s at four main players: Fujitsu, NEC, IBM, and Toshiba.
Our analysis demonstrated that differences in distance from the operating environment significantly affect innovation processes along three aspects of problem solving routines: the priority order of performance requirements, the sequence of problem solving, and the scope of technology searches.
The result also implied that divisional-level R&D, surrounded by contextual environments, may reach an innovative solution faster than corporate-level research since it faces more complex trade-off problems to be solved simultaneously at the earlier stage, which drives researchers to generate the breakthrough solutions.
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Label 技術経営
Register date 2011/12/31

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