Paul Marius Andersen
Master's – Technology Readiness Level and Innovation Openness on R&D&I Projects: conceptual model and application on an oil & gas enterprise
Advisor: Prof. Dr. Eduardo Pinheiro Gondim de Vasconcellos
Comission: Profs. Drs. Fábio Lotti Oliva, Eduardo Armando and Carlos Alberto Arruda de Oliveira
Class: 217, FEA-5
Outstanding multinational companies from emerging countries have been using technology research and development (R&D) project management strategies to develop high level products and services. Open innovation that is based on building partnerships to explore new opportunities, capitalizing on the possibilities available by advancing the company's knowledge base, is an important tool for increasing its competitive advantage by creating business value. However, whether a company can gain competitive advantage in the short term depends heavily on the maturity level of its technologies. Long-term competitiveness, in turn, is related to investment on research and development (R&D) projects that will underpin future innovations. A company's technology readiness influences its technology R&D strategy and, in turn, the ongoing project portfolio. This readiness is related to how close the project outcome is to application or how much it is a more fundamental study, away from use. An important indicator of technology readiness developed by NASA - the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) - has great relevance in risk assessment of product and service development projects and has become a benchmark for rating R&D project portfolios. The case selected was the LAB O&G (O&G COMPANY R&D Center), which develops projects with different readiness and degrees of open innovation. The objective was, through a qual-quant approach, to use these variables to reflect on the dynamics and practices between the levels of technological readiness and the degree of openness of innovation in research and technology development projects. With this it was possible to identify that in O&G COMPANY the R&D projects with higher TRLs lead to greater cooperation from both supplier / partner companies and universities and in lower TRLs the universities have the leading role.
In this work it was possible to increase the understanding of the role of each of these variables in the innovation process and to contribute to the open innovation literature through research at the project level.
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