Michael Radnor
Michael Radnor

Professor of Management & Organizations

Print Overview

Radnor is a senior professor of Management and Organizations (a department he founded and chaired for 7 years) at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, and Director of the National Science Foundation Center for Technology and Innovation Management (CTIM), located in the university’s Buffet Center for International and Comparative Studies. He is also chairman and co-founder of the 120-firm and 13-university Global Advanced Technology Innovation Consortium (GATIC), led by ETH-Zurich, the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology as well as Northwestern, with further collaboration from such universities as the University of Cambridge, National University of Singapore, Technion, Israel (each with their associated networks of firms.)

CTIM has conducted and published on a wide variety of new technology innovation programs that reach across the academic-practice and technologyhumanism/ social divides and spearheads related student and executive level teaching programs in the US and worldwide. Recent initiatives include: A global network of point-of-care taskforces (LIGHT) that builds on a Next Generation USIsrael medical products program; a collaborative Midwest-China Solar Energy programme; for NSF on the Commercialization and Management of New Converging Technologies (nano, biotech, cognitive science and IT); on advanced innovation processes and tools (including road and other forms of decision mapping); sustainable innovation and design; a Knowledge Center based electronic library system in Ukraine; and, as a collaborator in IBM’s services and global innovation initiatives and leader of an outsourcing project.

Radnor studied mechanical engineering at Imperial College London, industrial engineering and management science at Northwestern, and business and economics at the London School of Economics. In the US he worked with Westinghouse and headed a high tech electrical start-up firm, with Israel Aircraft Industries and at Lucas Industries in the UK; he has consulted with many large and small firms and with US and international agencies.

Areas of Expertise
Arts Management
Corporate Restructuring
Customer Service
Emerging Markets
Environmental Sustainability
Group Decision-Making
Implementation Theory
Organizational Change
Print Vita
PhD, 1964, Northwestern University
MBA, 1957, London School of Economics
BS, 1956, Mechanical Engineering, London University

Academic Positions
Director, Center for Technology and Innovation Management, Northwestern University, 2001-present
Professor, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 1964-present
Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Science and Technology, Northwestern University, 1972-1995
Director, Center for the Study of US-Japan Relations, Northwestern University, 1980-1983
Department Chair, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 1968-1975

Grants and Awards
Faculty Award, IBM

Editorial Positions
Associate Editor, International Journal of Technology Intelligence & Planning, 2005-present
Editorial Board, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 2000-present
Editor, Research & Technology Management Journal

Print Research
Research Interests
International technology strategy, international business and trade development, technology sourcing, innovation processes, industry and trade policy, technology transfer and application, U.S./Third World relations, industrial restructuring and privatization, small business development

Radnor, Michael and David Probert. 2004. Viewing the Future: Roadmapping is what delivers results - not the roadmaps alone. Research Technology Management.
Strauss, Jeffrey and Michael Radnor. 2004. Roadmapping for Dynamic and Uncertain Environments. Research Technology Management. 47(2): 51-58.
Probert, David and Michael Radnor. 2003. Frontier experiences from industry-academia consortia: corporate roadmappers create value with product and technology roadmaps.. Research Technology Management. 46(2): 27-30.
Working Papers
Radnor, Michael and David Probert. Forthcoming. Next Steps in Technology Roadmapping. Research Technology Management.
Book Chapters
Peterson, John and Michael Radnor. 2000. "Information and Knowledge Creation: Strategic fabric Not Infrastructure.".

Print Teaching
Teaching Interests
International technology strategy, international business and trade development, technology sourcing, innovation processes, industry and trade policy, technology transfer and application, U.S./Third World relations, industrial restructuring and privatization, small business development
Full-Time / Part-Time MBA
Practice-based Tools for Emerging Technology Markets (MORS-927-0)

This course counts toward the following majors: Management & Organizations

For enterprises to capitalize on emerging opportunities increasingly requires managing volatility, uncertainty and multi-dimensional risks. Among key success determinants are the consequences of ongoing change in: technology; markets; global competition; economic, social and cultural condition. Companies must also effectively assess and address related internal strengths and vulnerabilities. Combined with an overload of potentially relevant data (“Big Data”) along with knowledge gaps, these conditions challenge traditional quantitative analysis. Often-neglected but of growing competitive importance, the strategic management of product and service international standards, will be covered. This course will equip students with an integrated set of tools evolved with industry that includes roadmapping, mindmapping and scenario planning as well as predictive analytics. Senior representatives from IBM, Rockwell and other companies will present and support in project work. The tools and conditions are best understood through experience and the course will use a series of unfolding cases and exercises and include significant instructor support and discussion time for independent work fitting student interest.