Critical success factors in R&D projects

Jeffrey K. Pinto, Dennis P. Slevin

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A recent study was conducted to help project managers gain a clearer understanding of those factors which are critical to the successful implementation of R&D projects. This study resulted in the development of both a 10-factor model of the project implementation process and an instrument, the Project Implementation Profile, which project managers can use to periodically monitor the current state of each of the ten factors throughout a project's life. The factors include: project mission; management support; project schedule/plans; client consultation; personnel; technical tasks; client acceptance; feedback/monitoring; communication; trouble-shooting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-35
Number of pages5
JournalResearch Technology Management
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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