Foreword: Technology Choices and The New Discipline of Technology Commercialization; R. Ronstadt. Acknowledgments. Prologue.
Part I: Commercial Priorities. 1. Tutorial. The Many Dimensions of an R&D Project: Multi-Criteria Analysis; C. Bana e Costa, S. Thore. 2. Using Frontier Analysis to Rate the R&D Projects of a Commercial Corporation. 3. The Life Cycles of Sales and Profits: Dealing with the Uncertainties of the Commercialization Process. 4. Investment Policies by Venture Capital Firms and Government Development Foundations. 5. Rating Academic Research. 6. Rating R&D Stock. 7. Monitoring the Dynamic Performance of a Portfolio of R&D Projects over Time. 8. R&D Budgeting: Assessing the Efficiency of R&D Projects in the Presence of Resource Constraints.
Part II: Environmental Concerns. 9. Tutorial. The Environmental Impact of New Products; S. Thore, P. Ferrão. 10. A New Mathematical Programming Format for Activity Analysis and the Life Cycle of Products. 11. Ranking Commercial Products with Harmful Environmental Effects.
Technology Commercialization: DEA and Related Analytical Methods for Evaluating The Use and Implementation of Technical Innovation examines both general Research & Development commercialization and targeted new product innovation. New product development is a major occupation of the technical sector of the global economy and is viewed in many ways as a means of economic stability for a business, an industry, and a country. The heart of the book is a detailing of the analytical methods-with special, but not exclusive emphasis on DEA methods-for evaluating and ranking the most promising R & D and technical innovation being developed. The sponsors of the research and development may involve universities, countries, industries, and corporations-all of these sources are covered in the book. In addition, the trade-off of environmental problems vis-à-vis new product development is discussed in a section of the book.
Sten Thore (editor and author) has woven together the chapter contributions by a strong group of international researchers into a book that has characteristics of both a monograph and a unified edited volume of well-written papers in DEA, technology evaluation, R&D, and environmental economics. Finally, the use of DEA as an evaluation method for product innovation is an important new development in the field of R&D commercialization.
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