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Burwick 1 Chuck Burwick Dan C Archer MAS 643 04 December 2000 The Transition from Research and Development to Operations The transition from Research and Development RD to Operations faces many issues and problems that companies have to solve At a glance one might think that it would be simple just transfer the innovation that RD created to the operations department for marketing In reality this rarely happens and I will point out many barriers that come up when the innovation is ready to be transferred An example I will point out is the F-22 raptor once created then getting the US Military to purchase it from the competition I will point out the technical barriers first that arise from the RD department First technical know-how cannot be transferred purely on paper It is virtually impossible to completely document exhaustive detailed unambiguous and error-free specifications for a project Much of the experience and insight built up by solving the problems and overcoming the bugs endemic to successful project progression can never be meaningful documented on paper So people must transfer technology because scaling up products to the prototype level within cost limits almost inevitably involves technical design and performance changes to the original inventive concept Another Burwick 2 barrier is created from this technology transfer from people an attitudinal difference Martin 272 The attitudinal difference between RD staff and operations managers towards workability From the RD staff the inventions work if it can be produced on a laboratory scale of manufacture To the operations managers the invention only works when it can be manufactured at the required full-scale output and cost level and is sufficiently robust to operate continuously in its perhaps rugged en-use market In other words scientists dont have to worry about marketing a product Their job is to create an innovation that could benefit someone or something which
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