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An Exploratory Study On R&D Performance Measurement Practices: A Survey Of Italian R&D-Intensive Firms

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  • VITTORIO CHIESA

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    (Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Gestionale, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, 32, Milano, Italy)

  • FEDERICO FRATTINI

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    (Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Gestionale, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, 32, Milano, Italy)

  • VALENTINA LAZZAROTTI

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    (Università Carlo Cattaneo — LIUC, Corso Matteotti, Castellanza, Varese, Italy)

  • RAFFAELLA MANZINI

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    (Università Carlo Cattaneo — LIUC, Corso Matteotti, Castellanza, Varese, Italy)

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    Although measuring the performance of a firm's R&D activities is a very challenging task, the critical role played by R&D in creating and sustaining a firm's competitive advantage has raised the need to adopt appropriate performance measurement systems (PMSs) in R&D units. Therefore, management scholars have been studying this issue and PMSs have diffused in the R&D departments of most R&D-intensive companies. Nevertheless, empirical investigations into the diffusion and practical use of PMSs in R&D units mainly concern Anglo-Saxon countries, where R&D information disclosure requirements have been in place for a long time. The purpose of this paper is to study the diffusion and practical use of PMSs in the R&D units of firms that are not subject to these types of external institutional influences. With this aim, the results of a survey on the R&D performance measurement practices adopted by a sample of Italian R&D-intensive firms are discussed. They allow to understand why and how R&D-intensive companies design and use a PMS in their R&D units for managerial purposes.

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    Article provided by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. in its journal International Journal of Innovation Management.

    Volume (Year): 13 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 01 ()
    Pages: 65-104

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    Handle: RePEc:wsi:ijimxx:v:13:y:2009:i:01:p:65-104

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    Keywords: R&D; performance measurement; PMS; Italy; survey;

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