Weekly Member Update - Monday, February 1, 2021

2021 Virtual Spring Networks Conference Registration Now Open! 

Join fellow innovation leaders for dynamic discussions and networking! The 2021 Virtual Spring Networks Conference, March 8-11, will feature a blend of webinars and interactive roundtables exploring topics chosen by IRI members. 
The following networks will hold sessions at the meeting:
  • External Technology 
  • Information Services/Information Technology
  • Innovation Leaders
  • Intellectual Assets Management
  • New Business Development
  • Sustainability (new!)
This event will have no concurrent sessions, enabling attendees to participate in all conference sessions if they choose to do so! Topics are categorized by network, and most networks meet for a half-day of 2-4 sessions. External Technology Network and Innovation Leaders Network will meet for two half-days. 

The guiding principle for IRI in 2021, we will be operating as a virtual organization. We will deliver exceptional value, including networking, research, and content development and distribution virtually. To do so and to inform our community as early as possible, we have developed a calendar of events for the year. Let us know what you want to hear about as we continue to plan the content for 2021. 

Check out our list of events and start planning for 2021 now! 

IRI’s driver of best and next practices in innovation management, Research on Research (ROR), turns 50 this year.  To celebrate 50 years of groundbreaking research, we will be featuring content and testimonials from ROR’s 50 years each week.
Know-how and Trade Secrets
From 2003 - 2005, a working group examined the new ways in which companies were engaging small high technology companies, federal laboratories, universities, international firms and competitors. They considered the need to share proprietary intellectual assets (IA) as centra to meeting the objectives of these new collaborations.  To understand how organizations were successfully sharing and protecting know-how and trade secrets in collaborative relationships, this group conducted interviews with over 20 Member Company Representatives, resulting in an RTM article and report out at IRI's 2005 Annual Meeting.

New snapshot report on NPD from Robert Cooper

The report summarized the results of a survey designed by Robert Cooper and Elko Kleinschmidt as an update to their three seminal papers on benchmarking best new product development practices (links below). These papers explored the practices of companies engaged in new product development and elucidated what the best performing businesses had in common. The report provides a quick overview of respondents’ portfolios, including balance, alignment, and resource allocation. They also touch on performance and results.

We are seeking up to six companies to participate in a new study we are launching on the Future of R&D work.
The pandemic has forced changes in how innovation work is conducted.  Some projects are fully virtual, others have some members in the labs and others working remotely.  After nearly one year, companies seem to have achieved a new normal. In fact, many are experiencing increased efficiencies and more effective outcomes. But what are the long-term consequences on the nature of innovation work, how it is coordinated and managed, how new projects are started, how we recruit and retain new people and on R&D success?  As this pandemic passes, which practices will be retained, and which will be reconsidered?
The IRI, together with faculty from our partner Babson College is launching a research project to trace the long-term impact of new work practices and technologies on the R&D/ innovation work environment, employee engagement and innovation outcomes.  Please contact Lee Green at green@iriweb.org for more information if you are interested in participating.

Register for our upcoming webinars & events!

Accelerating Happy Accidents:  How to Increase Serendipity & Innovation
Speaker:  Kent A. Greenes, Founder & President, Greenes Consulting
When:  Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 11:00 am EST
Isolation and limited interaction in the workspace are not only impacting us socially. They are exacting a heavy toll on the role serendipity has in knowledge sharing and creation. In this webinar, Kent Greenes will share his learning and insights on ways to increase serendipity through cultural, procedural and technical enablers that have been the cornerstone of Knowledge management since its beginnings in the workplace.
Kent will use examples, stories and questions to prompt a dialogue that leverages the experience of the participants as well as his own. Please join us for a highly interactive session.
February RTM Brown Bag Discussion
Speaker: Professor Daniel Trabucchi
When: February 5, 2021, 12:00 pm EST 
Join us for a discussion of “Idle Asset Hunters—The Secret of Multi-sided Platforms,” an IRI Research-Technology Management (RTM) Brown Bag Discussion with Professor Daniel Trabucchi. Trabucchi will be presenting key findings from his paper published in RTM Volume 64, Issue 1. 
Webinar: How Employee Well-Being and Mental Health Drive Organizational Success, Performance, and Culture
Speaker: Dr. Kathy Pike & Dr. Yi Mien Koh
When: Wednesday February 10, 2021, 10:00 am EST
How to design and deploy successful mental health programs that drive organizational success, performance and culture is the focus of our webinar. The good news is that tangible, impactful and proven mental health programs and solutions are available to those that are ready to go today.
TRACK Workshop: Conducting Business Experiments 
Speaker: Jim Euchner
When: Wednesday February 17, 2021 1:00pm – 4:00pm EST
This course is designed to provide enough background for participants to begin designing and executing their own business experiments. It will include guidance on how to design (and refine) a business experiment; the characteristics of a good business experiment; how to execute an experiment both “in market” and “with market”; and examples of the eight most common types of business experiments. We will also discuss the challenges of conducting business experiments in large companies and how to track and communicate results.
DXC February Thought Leader Interview
Speaker: Jaap de Vries
When: Thursday February 18, 2021, 12:00 pm EST
Dr. Jaap de Vries is a technologist in FM Global’s Innovation team, based in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. In this role, he discovers and develops new opportunities to guide the strategic planning efforts of FM Global and its mutual members. Dr. de Vries developed IoT strategies, explored the role of drones, and developed patented AI-based fire protection technology. He is responsible for building a network of sources to identify, research and assess emerging signals of change in the market, new technologies and scientific advances.
TRACK Workshop: Business Model Innovation
Speaker: Jim Euchner
When: Wednesday March 17, 2021 1:00pm – 4:00pm EST
This course is designed to provide enough background for participants to begin developing and testing new business models. It is based a model for doing business model innovation (the business model pyramid), which includes six steps. The course will take participants through each step of the process, with pragmatic advice on how to execute the work in the corporate context. It will include practical tools for quantifying customer value, identifying business model options, assessing risks, conducting experiments to learn about the risks, and organizing for incubation. We will also discuss the challenges of doing business model innovation in large companies and how to build internal support for your business.
Monthly Innovation Leader Coffee Houses
When: Second Tuesday of every month:  11 am – 12 pm EST
The goal of the Innovation Leader Coffee House video calls is to provide you with the opportunity to quickly benchmark with your peers and make sure you’re not overlooking any key considerations. The agenda will change each month and participants are asked to come prepared with your questions and ideas to share.

The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), manager of the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory, today made public a research announcement soliciting proposals for technology advancements and applied research that would utilize the space-based environment of the orbiting laboratory. With this solicitation, CASIS seeks R&D concepts focused on flight investigations within applied research and development, translational medicine, technology readiness level maturation, and technology demonstrations to be performed on the space station.
Air Liquide has completed the construction of the world's largest PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane) electrolyzer. Supplied with renewable energy, this unit is now producing up to 8.2 tonnes per day of low-carbon hydrogen in Bécancour, Québec. With this large-scale investment, the Group confirms its long-term commitment to the hydrogen energy markets and its ambition to be a major player in the supply of low-carbon hydrogen.
The global COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the need for anti-tampering and track-and-trace features in packaging.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Eastman Chemical Company CEO Mark Costa announced the company plans to build "one of the world’s largest plastic-to-plastic molecular recycling facilities" in Kingsport.