Twenty years of technology and strategic roadmapping research: a school of thought perspective

Park, Hyunkyu, Phaal, Rob, Ho, Jae-Yun and O'Sullivan, Eoin (2020) Twenty years of technology and strategic roadmapping research: a school of thought perspective. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 154. a119965. ISSN 0040-1625

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Abstract

Two decades ago the thirtieth-anniversary special issue of Technological Forecasting and Social Change correctly anticipated the widespread adoption of technology and strategic roadmapping at firm, sectoral and national levels. In this article, we explore the evolution of roadmapping studies since that time. Drawing on a mixed-methods approach (i.e. topic modelling, genealogical analysis, content analysis and interviews), we reveal the development of seven distinctive ‘schools of thought’: the Cambridge practical school, the Seoul school, the Portland and Bangkok schools, the Cambridge phenomenological school, the Beijing school and the Moscow school. We show that the schools differ in terms of (a) the research orientation, whether it be solution- or theory-oriented; (b) the research methods and data sources being used; and (c) the nature of contributions that each school seeks to achieve. The different areas of emphasis associated with each school are not competing but complementary, and together they develop the eclectic body of knowledge on roadmapping.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Management
Depositing User: Hyunkyu Park
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2020 09:54
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2020 09:54
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/93815
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