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.
The Vision of the IRI's ROR program is to be the leading forum to identify, lead, support and conduct research that enhances innovation. The vision is to be achieved through projects, programs and initiatives that:
- Capture the forefront of emerging thinking
- Identify emerging concepts and best practices
- Develop actionable learning, and
- Promote knowledge diffusion
ROR VALUE PROPOSITION
IRI's ROR activities provide R&D leaders the unique opportunity to work with peers from a variety of companies to identify, create, advance, and codify innovation management practices and develop new knowledge. These ROR findings can be effectively used in R&D leaders' organizations and can be spread through the IRI membership.
For ROR co-chairs in particular, their experience with their working group will allow them to participate in the development of best practices, to develop new knowledge relevant to their company and/or role, and to gain perspective on their subject matter and beyond. This is in addition to the networking opportunities that will arise and the chances to establish new professional relationships. Basically, if it is the right project, it will really help and make a co-chair's day job.
We gratefully acknowledge the leadership efforts of the ROR working group chairs and the ROR Leadership Team. The ROR Leadership Team, Sue Burek (Newell Rubbermaid) (Chair), Darin Latimer (Danaher) (Chair Elect), Stewart Mehlman (EAG), Natalie Schoch (Kellogg), Norman Golm (Regal Beloit Corporation) and Mike Blackburn (Cargill, Incorporated) (ROR vice Chairs), 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
Weak Ties & Innovation
Pragmatic Analytics for Managing Project Risks
Pursuing Whitespace Opportunities
IRI 2038 Futures Study
Lean Start-Up in Large Organizations