This is an individual based assignment. You are required to write an essay on R&D outsourcing based on the special issues: Outsourcing R&D edited by Juliana Hsuan and Volker Mahnke in R&D Management Journal (Jan and Mar, 2011, Volume 41, Issue 1 &2, Page 1 – 218). Web links:

Outsourcing R&D (Part 1)

Outsourcing R&D (Part 2)

Typically, your essay should have (a) an executive summary (b) Introduction (c) literature review of R&D Outsourcing theories (d) explanation of the theory/framework/model you are focusing (e) discussion and analysis (f) findings and what you have learnt from this coursework (g) references (Harvard Referencing System). In this assignment, you need to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the R&D Outsourcing theories including counterparty debates and issues in innovation and technology management. You are expected to use relevant materials from a range of sources (journal articles in this special issue in particular), including research books, journal articles, conference proceedings etc. when formulating your assignment. Your analysis, discussion and evaluation should be backed with appropriate examples where necessary.

How this Coursework Assignment Relates to the Module Learning Outcomes

As outlined in the study guide, the coursework assignment provides an opportunity to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and similar attributes in the following areas:

Practices, models, theoretical perspectives and interpretations of technology policy and the management of technological innovation. 

The inter-relationships between the external environment (including technology policy) on innovation, and vice versa.

Contemporary debates and issues in international technology management such as the use of external sources of innovation.

Critical thinking and analysis based upon the application of knowledge and understanding from the module to cases.

Assignment Format and Layout


The coursework should be typed using 12 pt. Times New Roman Text with line spacing of 1.5. The words limit is 2000 words (excluding references). Note that assignment below this words limit by more than 10% would result in decrease in the overall achieved mark by 10%.Your submission should have a title page clearly indicating the Module Code, your Registration Number and the Word Count of the essay. Please use Harvard Referencing System in this report.  

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