A Research-on-Research Subcommittee was appointed by the IRI Board of Directors in 1968, following an unsuccessful effort to convince the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish centers for research-on-research at universities in the United States. The subcommittee concluded that research-on-research was important enough to the interests of the Institute that the idea should be initiated without the support of NSF. Thus, a regular standing committee of IRI was created in 1971 to carry out research on the process of research in industry.
PURPOSE of ROR
- Identify and promote effective techniques for the organization and management of research, development, and engineering in support of technological innovation.
- Encourage high standards in technological innovation.
- Develop methods for determining the effectiveness of technological innovation, and promote an understanding of the value of technological innovation to the economy, industry and society.
- Strengthen understanding of business issues by technology leaders, as well as business leaders’ understanding of the technological innovation process.
- Foster cooperation on a worldwide basis with academia, government, and other organizations active in technological innovation.
- Provide member-company representatives a forum for building a network of contacts among their peers.
We gratefully acknowledge the leadership efforts of the ROR working group chairs and the ROR Leadership Team. The ROR Leadership Team, Lou Gritzo (FM Global) (chair), Pent Penton (Innovation Insights, IRI Emeritus), Sue Burek (Ingersoll Rand), Sam Deutsch (ExxonMobil), Joseph George (Kellogg) (ROR vice Chairs), along with Virginia Brandt (Energizer) and Spencer Pugh (Battelle) (Board Liaisons) are working to improve ROR operations and ensure a healthy portfolio of open projects.
HOW CAN I JOIN ROR?
Participation in ROR working groups is only available to IRI members. Members are encouraged to join and to consider beginning new working groups as well. If you are a non-member, but are interested in joining an ROR group as a Subject Matter Expert, please email Lee Green. Your list of expertise and your name will be added to the SME database for new groups to utilize.
For more information or if you or a colleague are interested in participating in a working group, please contact Lee Green, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-647-2597.
Current ROR Working Groups
Business Model Innovation Challenges
Institutionalizing Innovation Competency
IRI2038 Futures Study
Opportunity Insight to Customer Delight
Reinventing Supplier Innovation Relationships
Weak Ties & Innovation