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Monthly Brown Bag

Join your colleagues in a lively conference call scheduled for the first Friday of each month, noon eastern, to discuss the latest and best in innovation management literature. Discussions include papers appearing in RTM, topical books, Network “hot topics,” and other burning issues.  Bring your comments, questions and concerns and participate in IRI’s popular “Brown Bag” program.

Register online to receive your dial-in instructions or email Michele Taussig.

Watch this page for details on upcoming Monthly Brown Bag topics.

Previous Topics

May 8, 2015 - Jeff Cope, RTI, and Andy Kintz, LORD Corporation, presented findings from the External Technology Network survey on Open Innovation.  The group discussed practices and trends currently affecting or will affect how firms manage open innovation.

April 10, 2015 -  Improved Product Development Performance through Agile/Stage-Gate Hybrids:  The Next-Generation Stage-Gate Process? Dr. Anita Friis Sommer illustrates how combining a conventional Stage-Gate process with elements of Agile development can provide a more flexible, responsive product development process. Access article.

February 6, 2015 - Is the Lab Your World, Or the is the World Your Lab? Dr. Hila Lifshitz-Assaf, NYU, conducts live Q&A after a replay of her Member Summit keynote presentation.  See the original Member Summit 2015 Keynote (login required).

January 9, 2015 - Jim Euchner and Abhijit Ganguly discuss Goodyear's system for developing new business models to support technology innovation. Read "Business Model Innovation in Practice."  Audio of discussion.

Brown Bag Archive

Access articles, videos, and slides from Brown Bags dated 2010 - 2014.

What are Other Brown Bag participants saying?


After today, I am kicking myself for all of the missed (Brown Bag) opportunities of the past. Thanks for an excellent, open forum of dialogue.
R&D Manager, BASF

The brown bag lunches are a great way to network and share ideas without having to make a multi-day trek of it. Very useful and interesting -- a valuable part of IRI membership. Keep up the good work.
Senior Technology Manager, Novozymes

Our company is just staring to actively use this technique and learning from the experiences of other companies was very useful.
Director of Technology, Noveon, Inc.

This is a great venue for getting more people interested in the topics IRI works on. I am planning on getting more of my managers to participate and in doing so hope to generate new ideas that should be explored by the IRI.
Senior Vice President, Research Division, ADM

Today's discussion was very much worth the time. The speakers were very knowledgeable of the subject.
Technical Planning Director, Mars Snackfood

A source of value provided by IRI.
Technology Manager, BP

Really great to hear comments from a wide variety of industries.
CEO, Innovation Insights

Upcoming Brown Bag Sessions 



The Brown Bag Series is on Summer Hiatus

We’ll highlight past popular sessions throughout the summer. Check out the Brown Bag archive for topics and moderators that are sure to pique your interest. The next live session will be held on September 4.


September 4 - Noon Eastern

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Special Session: September 10 -  Noon Eastern

IRI2038 Futures Study

As part of IRI’s 75th Anniversary Celebration (2013) IRI commissioned the IRI2038 project, a futures initiative designed to answer the following two questions:
• How will possible future developments and events impact the art and science of research and technology management over the next 25 years?
• How can IRI best serve its membership in these possible futures?

Join Ted Farrington, the lead on the project, as he summarizes the findings and provides an in-depth analysis of trends you should be watching for now.  Webinar registration will open soon.