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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 to receive your dial-in instructions by sending an email to Michele Taussig, at

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

Previous Topics

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.

December 5, 2014 - Effective Implementation of R&D Strategy Using a Change Management Lens -- One of the top rated Member Summit sessions replayed. Live Q&A with Kim Miller & Mike Blackburn, Cargill.

November 7, 2014 -  Attendees discussed questions related to "Thinking & Acting Strategically," an IRI Voice of Member  most pressing topic, in a 60 minute "lightning round" moderated by Dr. Len Polizzotto, Draper Labs.   Audio of discussion.

October 3, 2014 - Tom Kurfess (Georgia Tech) & Bill Cass (Cantor Colburn) presented an integrated technical and legal discussion on IP concerns related to additive manufacturing. Read the article, "Rethinking Additive Manufacturing and Intellectual Property Protection," from the Sept-Oct issue of RTM. This session was not recorded.

September 5, 2014 - 2014 Holland Award author John Evans discussed "Tools for Managing Early-Stage Business Model Innovation."  Dr. Evans outlined how Lockheed Martin's Innovation Readiness Levels provide a key measure of the stress a business-model innovation is likely to inflict on an organization.  Webinar slides | Recorded webinar

August 1, 2014 - Marco Zeschky & Stephan Winterhalter, University of Gallan, discussed "From Cost to Frugal and Reverse Innovation: Mapping the Field and Implications for Global Competitiveness,"  published in the July-Aug RTM.

July 11, 2014 - MaryAnne Gobble, RTM's Managing Editor, helps take the pain out of journal article writing and provides insight on what makes a good article and what reviewers look for. Webinar slidesRecorded webinar

June 6, 2014 - Tim Baines, Aston Centre for Servitization Research & Practice, talked with Jim Euchner, RTM Editor in Chief, about "Services-Led Business Models for Manufacturing."  Note: audio not available for this session.

May 2, 2014 - Drs. Liz Lee-Kelley and  Neil Turner,  Cranfield University, discussed "Intentionally Creating a Community of Practice to Connect Dispersed Technical Professionals."

April 4, 2014 - Elmar Kutsch, Cranfield School of Management, led discussion on "Bridging the Risk Gap: the Failure of  Risk Management in Information Systems Projects," published in the March-April 2014 issue of RTM. Due to technical difficulty, audio is not available for this session.

March 7, 2014 - Moderator  Dr. John Simmins, EPRI, discusses  "Industrial uses of Augmented Reality and Lessons Learned in the Electric Utility Industry.”  Recorded webinar.

February 7, 2014 - A Maturity Model for Sustainability in New Product Development (Jan-Feb RTM).   Jeff Hynds, Ingersoll Rand discusses how this assessment tool allows your company to benchmark progress toward sustainability goals and drive NPD growth. Recorded webinar.

January 10, 2014 - What's Next? After Stage-Gate.  Robert Cooper, President of the Product Development Institute, talks about why it might be time to rethink your idea-to-launch system (from RTM Jan-Feb 2014).  Recorded webinar

Brown Bag Archive

Access articles, videos, and slides from Brown Bags dated 2010 - 2013.

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 


February 6 - Noon Eastern - 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

Through an in depth longitudinal field study of NASA’s experimentation with opening knowledge boundaries, Hila developed the concept of "knowledge boundary work," capturing the change in R&D work, and illustrating the mechanism of shifting the locus of innovation as a co-evolution of knowledge boundary work and professional identity work. Discuss future research directions and the theoretical contributions of these findings on innovation and knowledge, identity, and technology, work and organizations.

Register today to participate in this Webinar.