Research-Technology Management (RTM) Journal

Vol. 58, No. 6, November-December 2015
James A. Euchner, Editor-in-Chief
MaryAnne M. Gobble, Managing Editor


Research Universities, Innovation, and Growth
IRI Medal. In a paper adapted from his IRI Medal address, Subra Suresh describes how universities power innovation and spur economic growth.

The Birth of 3D Printing
IRI Achievement Award. In a paper adapted from his IRI Achievement Award Address, Charles W. Hull describes his journey in inventing and commercializing 3D printing.

Democratizing and Disintermediation: Disruptive Technologies and the Future of Making Things
Steve Hoover and Lawrence Lee argue that the forces that have remade other industries are now disrupting manufacturing.

Reinventing Supplier Innovation Relationships
Research-on-Research. Gene Slowinski, Matthew Sagal, Kimberly Williams, and Timothy Stanton offer nine "better practices" for strengthening relationships with suppliers.



Europe plays digital catch-up...Task force for basic reearch...The mining industry faces transformation...Biomimicry emerges as innovation tool...other news.
Maryanne M. Gobble

From the Editor

Jim Euchner talks about Declining Barriers to Innovation.


Joe Weinman and Jim Euchner talk about Digital Technologies and Competitive Advantage.

The 2015 IRI Medal Winner

Awarded to Subra Suresh for his distinguished contributions to science and innovation.


The 2015 IRI Achievement Award Winner

Awarded to Charles W. Hull in recognition of his accomplishments in developing the transformative technology of 3D printing.



Two ROR working groups report on the status of their work, describe ongoing initiatives, and summarize preliminary results.


Futures Praxis

Christian Crews offers a framework for Ethnographic Foresight: Understanding Your Customers' Futures.



Questions and answers from IRI's Community Forum.


Exploring the evolution From Customer Intelligence to Customer Intimacy.


2015 Index

The 2015 RTM article index.

Innovation C-Scape

Johnthan Kuniholm talks about Open Prosthetics.

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  • Archetypes and Basic Strategies of Technology Decisions


Exciting Upcoming Special Issues include:

  • Business Model Innovation 
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About the Publications Library

Research-Technology Management is the award-winning, bi-monthly journal of the Industrial Research Institute, published since 1958. It contains peer-reviewed articles covering the entire spectrum of technological innovation, from research and development through product development to marketing. RTM is a leading source of knowledge and best practices on innovation management for leaders of research, development, and engineering worldwide. RTM Online is available to subscribers only. If you are not a subscriber, but interested in viewing a sample of selected RTM articles before acquiring a subscription, see our free access issue.

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Call for RTM Peer Reviewers

RTM, IRI’s award-winning journal on the practice of innovation, is looking for new peer reviewers. We need dynamic individuals from IRI member organizations who can evaluate new submissions for their originality, rigor, and usefulness and provide detailed feedback to guide editorial decisions and shape revisions. 

As a peer reviewer, you’ll help RTM maintain its high standards, and get to be among the first to see what’s going on in the innovation management community. Are you interested in learning about issues of importance in innovation and technology management and gaining an edge on valuable practitioner-oriented strategies and techniques? Do you want to be part of a group of R&D leaders engaged in publishing the latest in R&D and innovation management? Join us! Experience with publishing is not required. 

Interested? Contact MaryAnne Gobble, RTM’s Managing Editor, to find out how you can help!