Technologies Watch Exercise: Foresight Approach Enhanced with Scientific Publications and Patents Analysis

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Journal Title, Volume, Page: 
International Journal of Technology Intelligence and Planning, vol. 5, No. 3, 305-321
Year of Publication: 
2009
Authors: 
Husam Arman
chool of Mechanical Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
Current Affiliation: 
Department of Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine
Allan Hodgson
Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK.
Nabil Gindy
School of Mechanical Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
Preferred Abstract (Original): 

This paper presents a process that has been used by the authors to identify key technological threats and opportunities facing the UK aerospace industry. A group of experts, all of them members of the UK's National Advisory Committee for Aerospace Manufacturing (NACAM), selected six technology themes that were considered to be emerging/growing and would have an impact on aerospace manufacturing technologies. This study included benchmarking and foresight exercises. Based on the results of this study, a bibliometric approach has been used to examine the prioritisation of the selected technologies. The results indicate that most of the technologies ranked highly by the experts have proved to be emerging and of importance according publication and patents, with some exceptions. Overall, the consensus between the NACAM experts, patents and publications perspectives implies a high degree of confidence in the results.

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