The strategic buckets method is often posited as an approach to ensure the strategic alignment of an research and development (R&D) portfolio with ﬁrm’s strategy. Despite its popularity, crafting the right set of buckets to allocate resources is not a straightforward task. We consider the question of how to establish a set of buckets that aligns the R&D portfolio with the business strategy. We carried out a case-based research and investigate seven companies in order to propose a framework to assist decision makers in designing this set of buckets. Our framework is composed of four strategic constructs, namely, technology, market, capabilities, and organizational processes. In addition to these four constructs, we suggest that the external environment also be taken into account. We discuss the key beneﬁts and offer theoretical insights concerning the strategic constructs, which can be combined and divided, resulting in a set of buckets that better suits a company’s strategy. In addition, we acknowledge the idiosyncratic nature of ﬁrms and, as opposed to prescribing a static approach for companies, we suggest the design of buckets as a dynamic process to be performed according to the four different constructs, together with a ﬁrm’s interaction with the external environment. We close by discussing the implications of our approach.
Bibliografisk notePublished online: 10. October 2018
- Case studies
- Research and development (R&D) portfolio
- Strategic buckets
- Strategic alignment
Santiago, L., & Soares, V. M. O. (2020). Strategic Alignment of an R&D Portfolio by Crafting the Set of Buckets. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 67(2), 309-321. . https://doi.org/10.1109/TEM.2018.2876408