REQUIREMENTS FOR A SYSTEMS-BASED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT PROCESS IN TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE ENGINEERING

Frederik Christoffel Rust

Abstract


The management of research and development (R&D) in the transport infrastructure field is complex due to the multidisciplinary nature of the work. The literature shows that linear R&D models that progress from idea through to consumer product are not suitable for the management of such multi-disciplinary projects. This study focuses on determining the key characteristics required for a systems-based approach to the management of R&D projects. The information and data was compiled from literature reviews, interviews, and an e-mail survey with responses from 42 significant international R&D programmes. The findings confirmed the need for a systems-based approach to R&D management. The study formulated twelve principles or tenets for a new, systems-based approach.


Keywords


Research management; technology management; infrastructure

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7166/26-1-904

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