Case | HBS Case Collection | December 2004 (Revised October 2005)

Intel Research: Exploring the Future

by Alan D. MacCormack and Kerry Herman


It is 2004 and David Tennenhouse, the director of Intel Research, is reviewing the organization he has built since 2000. Intel Research was charged with exploring new and disruptive technologies that lay off the "silicon roadmap" that drove most of Intel's R&D efforts. This exploratory research was conducted using an approach that Tennenhouse oversaw during his years at the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency. Predicated on the funding of university grants, internal research efforts, joint labs run with universities, and selective corporate venture investments, the idea was to build a network to give advance warning of important new technologies. In 2004, Tennenhouse was reviewing its performance.

Keywords: Disruptive Innovation; Technological Innovation; Research and Development; Performance Evaluation; Venture Capital; Technology Networks; Semiconductor Industry; United States;


MacCormack, Alan D., and Kerry Herman. "Intel Research: Exploring the Future." Harvard Business School Case 605-051, December 2004. (Revised October 2005.)