IRI Announces Winners of Distinguished Award for Best Journal Article

INDIANAPOLIS — Jane Edison Stevenson, vice chairman, Board and CEO Services, Korn/Ferry International, and Bilal Kaafarani, chief innovation officer & group president of R&D, Yildiz Holding, were named as the 2012 Maurice Holland Award recipients last night at the Industrial Research Institute (IRI) 2012 Member Summit.

The prestigious award, established in 1982 in honor of IRI’s founder Maurice Holland, recognizes the best paper published in Research-Technology Management (RTM) in the previous year, as determined by RTM’s Board of Editors and based upon the following criteria: significance to the field of R&D, technology and innovation management; originality of new management concepts; and excellence in clarity of presentation.

Kaafarani and Stevenson were honored for their article, “Breaking Away: An Innovation Model for Sustainable Growth,” published in the May/June 2011 issue of Research-Technology Management, IRI’s bi-monthly journal featuring peer-reviewed articles covering the entire spectrum on technological innovation, from research and development through product development and marketing.

“Bilal and Jane’s article takes an intriguing look at innovation as a multilevel construct and presents a new model that other practitioners can learn from and then apply to their own organization,” said Edward Bernstein, president of IRI. “It is an outstanding example of excellence in technology and innovation management and well-deserving of this honor. The article content is especially pertinent this week as IRI members discuss transformational strategy and execution for continuous growth.”

At Yildiz Holding, Kaafarani leads efforts to embed innovative thinking and innovation across the entire value chain of the business and its holdings. In addition, he works with key stakeholders to create new business categories that are driven by consumer innovation.

Stevenson co-leads Korn/Ferry International’s Global CEO Succession Practice and regularly serves Fortune 500 clients and high-growth companies on C-suite succession, top team effectiveness and innovation leadership issues.

Together, Kaafarani and Stevenson authored the book, “Breaking Away: How Great Leaders Create Innovation that Drives Sustainable Growth – And Why Others Fail.”

To receive a copy of the winning RTM article, please contact Michele Taussig