External Technology Network (ETN)

ETN members share experiences, seek best practices, collectively solve problems, and innovate in the area of external technology to improve the technology acquisition for their companies. Want to learn more? Join ETN.

What's Hot in External Technology? Check out the presentations from our Spring 2015 Meeting!


Why join ETN?

I have been a member of ETN since 2006 when I became the External Technology Leader for Ashland. I cannot say enough about how ETN has helped shape our external technology and open innovation programs over the years. I have found ETN be an excellent source of best practices, and I do not exaggerate when I say that nearly all of the processes and ideas that I have employed at Ashland have their roots in ETN.


ETN meetings provide an excellent opportunity to network with and learn from 25 to 40 of my peers. The atmosphere and the willingness to share at ETN meetings are very refreshing, and several of the relationships I have developed have led to exciting opportunities for Ashland. I highly recommend the ETN to anyone looking to improve the external technology and open innovation initiatives at their company.

Joe Fox
Director, Emerging & External Technologies, Ashland Performance Materials
ETN Member since 2006

Who are ETN members?

Co-Chairs:  Prakash Balan (NSF), Ed Getty (Wrigley's) & David Russell (Monsanto)

Member Roster

Number of members:  136

Professionals involved:  Directors of Corporate Partnerships, Managers of Technology Transfer, External Research Directors, Open Innovation Managers

Member companies represented:

Air Products
Altria Group
Archer Daniels Midland
Armstrong World Industries
Ashland, Inc.
BASF Corporation
Big Heart Pet Brands
Cargill, Inc.
Chevron Corporation
Crown Holdings, Inc.
Deere & Co.
Dow Chemical Company
Dow Corning Corporation
Draper Lab
Eastman Chemical
GAF Materials

GE Research and Development
General Motors Company
Georgia-Pacific Corporation
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Hershey Company
Honeywell International, Inc.
Ingersoll-Rand Company
J. M. Smucker Company
Kao Corporation
Kellogg Company
Kennametal Incorporated
Kimberly-Clark Corporation
LORD Corporation
Mars, Inc.
Michelin Americas Research Company
Milliken & Company
Monsanto Company
NASA Headquarters
NASA Johnson Space Center
NASA Langley Research Center

National Science Foundation
Northrup Grumman
O-Innovation Advisors LLC
Owens Corning
PepsiCo, Inc.
PolyOne Corporation
PPG Industries, Inc.
Praxair, Inc.
Procter & Gamble Company
Roche Diagnostics Corporation
RTI International
S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
Sandia National Laboratories
Sealed Air Corporation
Sherwin-Williams Company
Sigma Alimentos Corporativo
Solvay Specialty Polymers
Wikman Innovation


Fall Multi-Networks Meeting

September 16-18, 2015 | Dearborn, MI



Introduction to the Networks Program
Friday, August 7 12:00 PM - 1:00 Pm EST


Assessing New Technologies
Collaborating with NASA
Connecting ET Systems Internationally

Connecting Industry and Startups
Creating an Open Innovation Intermediary Master List based on Collective Experience
Definition of a Technology Roadmap & How Roadmaps Are Created
Developing an Effective and Accurate Needs List
Developing Future Visions
External Technology Metrics
Formal Structure of an Open Innovation Group
Goodyear's Approach to Building International External Technology Teams 
Handling Opportunistic Technology
Identifying Open Innovation Metrics
Improving Design with Open Innovation: A Flexible Management Technology
Innovation Adventures Beyond the Core 
Integrating Open Innovation and New Product Development 
Leveraging Research Universities
MARS Overview
Matching Technology Needs Between Large Organizations 
NASA Space Technology Roadmaps and Priorities
Needs List Generation at Armstrong
A New Approach to Intellectual Property Management and Industrially Funded Research at Penn State
Open Innovation in Mature Industries
PolyOne - Strategy, Business, Innovation and Sustainability Overview
Prospecting Tech Gaps Process 
Raising the Profile of Open Innovation at Bostik
Raising the Profile of Open Innovation Internally
Raising the Profile of Open Innovation at Kimberly-Clark
RTM Special Issue on Open Innovation
Sherwin Williams Public Overview 
Speeding Up Open Innovation
The State of Corporate Venturing
Strategic Regional Partnerships for Technology 
Technology Collaboration with Government Funding
Technology Scouting



Spring 2015
Summer 2015


RTM Journal Articles

21st Century R&D (January-February 2012)

Corporate Venture Capital Investments For Enhancing Innovation - Challenges And Solutions (March-April 2011)

Effective Practices in Sourcing Innovation (January-February, 2009)

Evolution of Open Innovation: An Interview with Henry Chesbrough (September-October 2011)

Good Practices in Open Innovation (September-October 2010) 

Mobilizing and R&D Organizing Through Strategy Cascading (September-October 2008)