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Title: Assessing industry technology roadmap development process
Authors: Li, Sinuo
Degree: Ph.D.
Issue Date: 2018
Abstract: Industry technology roadmap (ITRM) is designed to match the current and potential market demands with specific technological solutions for the development of a specific industry. Industry technology roadmapping has been widely applied in various industries including textile, semiconductive energy, and electronic device industries. Various approaches for technology roadmapping have been established based on theories and experiences, but limited research was available to assess ITRMs. To fill the research gap, this study aims to develop systematic and comprehensive methods to assess ITRMs in terms of internal quality and external performance, particularly for the textile industries in different parts of the world. All of the following six objectives were successfully achieved. (1) An internal assessment model with theoretical framework and detailed measurements was created to systematically assess the internal content quality of an ITRM with quantitative methods. (2) An external assessment model was established to assess the actual performances based on the real data statistics in terms of the conformance of the actual trends of industrial development within the target period with the original predictions from the ITRM. (3) The newly developed internal assessment model was successfully applied to four textile industry technology roadmaps in different countries. Detailed measuring methods and steps were demonstrated. The same four roadmaps were successfully evaluated using the newly developed external assessment model on the basis of actual industrial statistics of their first five years compared with the corresponding predictions in the ITRMs, in terms of their conformance levels. (4) The relationships between internal quality and external performance of the same four ITRMs were investigated using the collected data. The internal and external assessment models were integrated to a system for ITRM assessment on both the contents and performance. The system provides a possibility to predict ITRM's external performances by internal quality assessment. (5) The success factors of an effective ITRM, especially for the textile industry, were determined on the basis of assessments and relationships between internal quality and external performance of the four ITRMs. (6) The development process of an under-developed UK advanced textile ITRM was assessed using the internal assessment model. The author, as a practitioner in that ITRM development team, has made new suggestions and developed an integrated ITRM for the UK textile industry. This research opens a new chapter in the quantitative assessment of technology roadmaps with a strong theoretical foundation. The future users can apply the proposed models to assess the ITRM's internal quality before application and its external performance after a period of application. For the corporate level, the users may follow the rules and develop corresponding models to systematically assess the corporate technology roadmaps. This research provides practitioners with feasible recommendations for effective technology roadmapping generated from actual case analysis.
Subjects: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Textile industry
Textile industry -- Management
Pages: xix, 200 pages : color illustrations
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