Case Studies

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Click HERE to recommend a new Case Study. This discussion area is for building members-only work areas to discuss specific management issues of interest to World Class R&D. Each issue will require an editor, who is responsible for membership+ and editorial control of the discussion.

Case Studies can be the coolest section of the entire website. You get to see how the experts would tackle real issues encountered in today's R&D operations. You can queue up your own issue and see how others would go about tackling it. You can subscribe below to this post to receive notification of the launch of this feature (authenticated users only).

This is the section where specific applications of World Class R&D recommendations are discussed and researched. Cases are meant to be instructional. These are real-world cases such as would be found in a request for proposal to a management consulting firm. They can be strategic (e.g., 1, 2, 4, 6) or operational (e.g., 3, 5). They should be focused on R&D management. Examples are, of course, disguised, and sometimes can be fabricated whole-cloth from bits-and-pieces of other assignments.

These are moderated, members-only discussion arenas. You need to have a convincing argument for the moderator in order to join in the discussions. The easy way around that is to volunteer to be a moderator! Each case will be assigned a moderator, who in the end can close out the case and select the response(s) deemed most appropriate. The flow of each case is to open it up for discussion for a few weeks to identify all the relevant variables. The moderator would summarize this discussion, and then open up comments for alternatives and approaches to addressing the case.

The goal will often be to identify an approach towards solving the issue. This is not the answer, rather the means for finding the answer. How should further information be gathered to further validate the problem statement and build momentum for a fix? What Tools & Techniques should be considered given the problem statement, and how do we determine whether they’re appropriate? Who should be involved? Are there short-term and long-term aspects to the issue and our approach? What’s the magnitude of the issue? What should be taken off the table? These are just a sampling of questions you might ask in helping to identify the means for finding an answer for each case.

See HERE for a teaser list of case studies.

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