Some R&D Planning Practices of High-Technology Firms.
The R&D planning practices of high technology firms were examined as a part of a larger Rand study to develop new methods and procedures to aid the Air Force in planning its long-range R&D program. A number of interesting similarities and differences were found among the firms regarding characteristics such as: the use of quantitative techniques, the role of the chief R&D executive, the planning of research vs. development programs, the use of planning staffs, and the degree to which the R&D planning process has been formalized within the firm. These similarities and differences are discussed and illustrated by examples drawn from the planning practices of the participating firms. 21 pp.