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Tech Mining - Exploiting New Technologies for Competitive Advantage

TechMiningBookCoverWiley's Series in Systems Engineering and Management, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (2005)

Alan L. Porter and Scott W. Cunningham

Tech Mining makes exploitation of text databases meaningful to those who can gain from derived knowledge about emerging technologies. It begins with the premise that we have the information, the tools to exploit it, and the need for the resulting knowledge.

The information provided puts new capabilities at the hands of technology managers. Using the material present, these managers can identify and access the most valuable technology information resources (publications, patents, etc.); search, retrieve, and clean the information on topics of interest; and lower the costs and enhance the benefits of competitive technological intelligence operations.

Book Chapter: TECH MINING of Science & Technology Information Resources for Future-oriented Technology Analyses

by: Alan L. Porter and Yi Zhang

The Millenium Project provides a well-coordinated set of methods chapters on various aspects of futures research [].  We have expanded our chapter on “TECH MINING of Science & Technology Information Resources for Future-oriented Technology Analyses” in March, 2015. The chapter overviews tech mining and spotlights three case analyses:

  • The successful case of the Army’s assessment of ceramic coating potential, leading to a new operational program to recondition tank engines
  • Canadian Government benchmarking of national photonic research initiatives
  • Our incorporation of advanced text analytics to generate Competitive Technical Intelligence (CTI) for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSCs) – in particular, to craft a form of Technology RoadMap (TRM)

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Profiling Leading Scientists in Nano-Biomedical Science: Interdisciplinarity and Potential Leading Indicators of Research Directions

(to appear in R&D Management)

Ruimin Pei
Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA

Alan L. Porter
Technology Policy and Assessment Center, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA
Search Technology, Inc., Norcross, GA, USA

Abstract - Nano-biomedical science is a promising area in the application of nanotechnology. This paper profiles a group of 21 leading scientists in nanobiomedicine based on high publication rate and high citations.  Comparisons with other researchers indicate that the leaders publish more in high impact journals and collaborate more extensively (team science).  They reside most heavily in the USA and Western Europe.  We compare their research publications using multiple indicators – integration, specialization and a multidisciplinary index.  Relations among interdisciplinarity indicators generated support a 3-factor model based on principles of diversity.  We locate this research among the disciplines using science overlay mapping.  Key term analyses, based on keywords and on natural language processing (NLP) help profile the research emphases of these leading researchers.  Such results could serve as leading indicators to help identify directions of future nano-bio development.


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Forecasting and Management of Technology (Second Edition)

ForecastingAndManagementOfTechnologyby A. Thomas Roper, Scott W. Cunningham, Alan L. Porter, Thomas W. Mason, Frederick A. Rossini, Jerry Banks

published by Wiley
ISBN: 978-0-470-44090-2

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Description:  Published in 1991, the first edition of Forecasting and Management of Technology was one of the leading handful of books to deal with the topic of forecasting of technology and technology management as this discipline was emerging. The new, revised edition of this book will build on this knowledge in the context of business organizations that now place a greater emphasis on technology to stay on the cutting edge of development. The scope of this edition has broadened to include management of technology content that is relevant to now to executives in organizations while updating and strengthening the technology forecasting and analysis content that the first edition is reputed for.

Updated by the original author team, plus new author Scott Cunningham, the book takes into account what the authors see as the innovations to technology management in the last 17 years: the Internet; the greater focus on group decision-making including process management and mechanism design; and desktop software that has transformed the analytical capabilities of technology managers. Included in this book will be 5 case studies from various industries that show how technology management is applied in the real world.

Assessing Research Network and Disciplinary Engagement Changes Induced by an NSF Program

Jon Garner, Alan L. Porter, and Nils C. Newman
Search Technology, Inc., Norcross, GA, USA

Todd A. Crowl
College of Natural Resources, Utah State University


Abstract - To assess the success of the National Science Foundation’s Research Coordination Network (RCN) program, a set of publication measures and visualization tools were used to determine how effective the program is in enhancing interdisciplinary publication and information sharing. The publication patterns of a set of researchers were compared before and after receiving RCN awards. These analyses show significant increases in basic collaboration measures – authors per paper and institutions per paper – following RCN support. Various indications suggest increased linkage among the RCN researchers in terms of extent of co-authoring and of cross-citing each other’s work. RCN support appears to foster more interdisciplinary research. Diffusion scores (a new metric) showed that the diversity of articles citing RCN-related articles was similar to those citing control group research. Finally, the articles generated by the project activities showed as especially influential; they appear in high impact journals and are more highly cited.


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Tech Mining Success Stories

Monday, April 11, 2011

Alan L. Porter and Nils C. Newman, Search Technology, Inc. (CIMS Technology Management Report, pp 17-19, Spring 2011)

"Tech mining is an essential tool for enabling open innovation," wrote Alan L. Porter in the Spring 2011 CIMS Technology Management Report.  He detailed in that article how Tech Mining can help managers in the biotech industry search research publications for answers to "who, what,when,and where?" questions.  Porter and his Search Technology, Inc, colleague Nils C. Newman cull the literature for examples of tech mining successes outside of strictly academic research.  They illustrate the progress being made in applying tech mining more broadly, and also point toward applying these capabilities to the identification of potential technology innovation pathways.  

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