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Institutionalizing Innovation Competency

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This group is looking to wrap up it's research in the fall.

Institutionalizing An Innovation Competency Through People

Launch Date: 2010

Expected Wrap-up Date: Fall 2014

This ROR is investigating how firms develop innovation workforce excellence and career paths for innovation experts as a mechanism for institutionalizing a breakthrough innovation capability. Two forms of data are collected. Our qualitative data includes 180 interviews of personnel associated with breakthrough innovation in our eleven participating companies.  Data collection is complete and is being analyzed. Survey data are also being collected at this time. 

In the May meeting we presented draft results on New Business Creation roles through Discovery, Incubation and Acceleration at three levels of hierarchy, based on our interview data. In November we will focus on Breakthrough Innovation Portfolio manager level roles, i.e. mid manager level roles across the Discovery, Incubation and Acceleration spectrum. As always we look toward your feedback. 

 

Members can support this project by completing the Breakthrough Innovation Survey.

 

Project Insights

Incubation experts serve an important role. Companies face a challenge in clarifying roles for Breakthrough Innovation beyond exploratory research…what happens after the invention or technical opportunity surfaces?  What happens if it’s not clearly and easily aligned with the Business Units or the company’s traditional business models?  Individuals can develop expertise at incubating business opportunities. This means that keeping these people engaged and rewarding them for their work would be helpful for a company that wants to develop expertise at Breakthrough Innovation. 

 

Why support Institutionalizing An Innovation Competency Through People?

 

PepsiCo created two new breakthrough innovation organizations several years ago. This ROR topic is very timely for us as we are just now beginning to wrestle with the day-to-day and career challenges of managing folks working on risky projects in organizations with longer-range research agendas.

Ted Farrington
Director, Process Technology Research Center
PepsiCo

 

 

Participants in Institutionalizing Innovation Competency

Co-Chairs:
Ted Farrington, Pepsico
Bruce Kirk, Corning

Subject Matter Experts:
Gina O'Connor, RPI 
Lois Peters, RPI

Member Roster (log-on required) 

Member Companies represented:
ADM
Air Force Research Laboratory
Alcatel-Lucent
American Science & Engineering, Inc.
Arkema Armstrong World Industries
Arthur D. Little Inc
Ashland, Inc.
Ball Aerospace
BASF Plant Sciences
Bayer MaterialScience LLC
Birds Eye Foods
Carpenter Technology
Champion Technologies Inc.
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company
Colgate-Palmolive Co
ConocoPhillips Company
CSIRO
Cytec Industries
D. Swarovski & Company
Digital River
DSM N.V.
Dupont
Dynetics, Inc.
E. I. Du Pont De Nemours Company
Eastman Chemical Company
Eaton
Elsevier Engineering & Technology
FAA/DOT
FM Global Technologies
Frito Lay
Fusfeld Group
Georgia-Pacific Chemicals, LLC
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
H.B. Fuller
Hershey
Honda R&D Americas
Honeywell International, Inc.
Idaho National Lab
IFF
Innovative Patent Solutions
Intel Corporation
Intellectual Assets, Inc.
Invetech
John Deere and Co.
John Zink Co., Inc.
Johns Manville
Kellogg Company
Kiewit
Kimberly-Clark
Kraft Foods
Kraton Polymers
Lawrence Livermore National Lab
Liewit
Lorillard Tobacco Company
Los Alamos National Lab
Lubrizol
Milliken Research Corporation
Missouri University of Science & Tech
MKS Instruments
Molson Coors
Momentive Performance Materials, Inc.
Motorola, Inc.
NASA /Johnson Space Center
NCH Corporation
Nestle Purina
New Edge + The Brewery
Newell Rubbermaid
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Novelis
Nypro Hong Kong
Oak Ridge National Lab
OSRAM SYLVANIA Inc.
Pfizer, Inc.
PolyOne Corporation
Portec Rail Group
PPG Industries, Inc.
Praxair
Procter & Gamble ITC
Rhodia
Roche Diagnostics
Rubbermaid Food & Home
Rutgers University
SABIC Innovative Plastics
Sasol North America Inc.
Schneider-Electric
Sealed Air
Sharp
Sherwin-Williams Company
Silberline
SK Energy
Stevens Institute
Stevens Institute of Technology
Swagelok
Swarovski
Teknor Apex Company
Teledyne Isco
The Boeing Company
The Clorox Company
The MITRE Corporation
TIC
Timken Company
T-Mobile USA, Inc.
Touchstone Research Lab
UniServices Limited
US Dept of Transportation
W.R. Grace
Waters Corp
Wyeth
Xerox