Industrial Research Institute Introduces Research Working Group Tool to China

Industrial Research Institute Introduces Research Working Group Tool to China


IRI Opens Door to China During its 8th Annual China Forum

ARLINGTON, Va. – (August 25, 2008) – The Industrial Research Institute (IRI) introduced its signature Research on Research (ROR) working group practice to China during the organization's 8th Annual China Forum in Shanghai, August 25 – 27. By sharing its "laboratory for innovation management" in China, IRI hopes to build on and expand research currently being done in the United States.

"Our membership has a unique opportunity to work together with R&D leaders in China during the Forum," said Ed Bernstein, IRI President. "The outcomes are limitless when you bring together a diverse knowledge base with major players from one of the fastest growing economies and senior technology executives from leading multi-national corporations."

Started in 1971, ROR is the method IRI uses to study and advance innovation practice by member organizations. The findings provide members with cutting-edge research on innovation techniques and management practices. ROR projects are chosen and driven by IRI member company interests. Representatives lead these working groups and frequently invite outside academics and consultants to participate in the research. This allows for expertise in various fields as well as a more aggressive timeline for completing the research.

ROR findings have resulted in state-of-the-art advances in research management, such as advanced marketing and R&D, leveraging diversity of thought and utilizing top technical talent.

"ROR brings the best and brightest together and allows for industry collaboration that wouldn't be done otherwise," said ROR Chairman Raymond Cosner of The Boeing Company. "We are excited to see how this valuable tool is adopted in the vibrant business culture in China."

By introducing ROR in China, IRI members will have a new mechanism in place to explore the best practices of doing business in China, particularly in the areas of Human Resources and Intellectual Property.

The following ROR working groups began this week:

  • Intellectual Property
  • Human Resources
  • Indigenous Innovation

The new ROR working groups will be based in China. For more information on ROR, visit

About IRI
The Industrial Research Institute is an organization of some 200 industrial and service companies having common interest in effective management of technological innovation. IRI member companies invest over $100 billion annually in R&D, representing more than 70% of the nation's privately funded effort. These companies, spanning diverse industries, compete in the global marketplace and provide jobs for more than 10 million of America's workers. Together they generate some $3 trillion in annual sales, representing one third of our gross domestic product. IRI welcomes the opportunity to discuss its views on the recommendations in this position statement. For additional information, contact Mr. Edward Bernstein, President, Industrial Research Institute, 2200 Clarendon Blvd Suite 1102, Arlington, VA 22201. Website: