R&D Management and the Stokes Diagram: An Exploratory Study

Willy Hoppe Sousa, Mery Piedad Zamudio Igami, Diogenes de Souza Bido


The Stokes Diagram model was developed to replace the linear mode view of a progression of science by a two dimensional plane in which the vertical dimension represents the search of understanding and the horizontal dimension represents the use. Although this diagram is easy to understand, no cases of organizations or government programs were identified in literature which developed a method to put this proposal in practice. Thus, based on the development of a conceptual and operating model, both dimensions were measured and validated through structural equation modeling, using information from 28 dissertations developed in a Postgraduate program. The results suggest that the proposed method is viable and give some examples of its use to analyze and manage R&D activities.


Pasteur´s quadrant; Stokes diagram; R& D management; knowledge management.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-27242009000400008

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