Weekly Member Update - Monday, January 11, 2021

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. 

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.
Utilization of Top Technical Talent
From 2005 - 2007, a working group studied how firms identify, develop, utilize, and reward top technical talent.

IRI's PILOT Funding Scheme: Interested in working with IRI members to tackle key challenges?  Apply for up to $3,000 through IRI's PILOT Funding Scheme.  IRI’s goal for this initiative is to get SMEs working with our members on well thought out, organized projects that will address the top challenges our members face.  The deadline for applications for 2021 is January 22.  Please contact Lee Green for more information.

Register for our upcoming webinars & events!

Quality Horizon 2 decision-making governance structures
When: Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 1:00 pm
One of the key insights to Horizon 2 success is the concept of a governance structure that guides sound decision-making along the journey of Horizon 2 opportunities, i.e. an opportunity governance roadmap. Governance is the institutional fabric required for viable opportunity decision-making, and the roadmap directs the flow of differing opportunities through the development process. We are especially pleased to have Dr. Niamh O’Reilly from as a guest presenter. Dr. O’Reilly is one of the founding members of innovation management infrastructure at the Henkel AG & Co. (Adhesives) and over the years has held various positions in Project, Program and now Portfolio Management. Henkel’s research thrives on agility and innovation that is organized and embraced in a well-documented, structured governance process for managing opportunities. She will share some insights and learnings.
To receive a calendar invitation for this session, please email Lee Green.
IRI and Babson College Research Roundtable:  R&D in the New Normal
When: Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 12:00 pm  
IRI and Babson College are teaming up to do a long term study on the ‘new normal’ for R&D.  We will begin a series of quarterly roundtables to learn how your industry peers are being impacted by and addressing these topics over time.  In this first roundtable, we will hone our topics to ensure that they are covering the areas with the greatest impact on how your organization approaches R&D.
Meet the Instructor
When: Wednesday, January 20, 2021, 1:00 pm
Who: Joe Fox
As an IRI Member, you have access to the Identifying & Sourcing External Technology for Innovation On-Demand Module. For the first time ever, we are offering virtual office hours with the instructor. You will have the opportunity to meet Joe Fox (SME) and he will be available to answer any Module related questions you may have online. Access the Module anytime, anyplace on any digital device!
Innovation Leaders Speaker Series Webinar: A Career in Innovation Can Make a World of Difference
Speaker: Lubab Sheet-Davis, Vice President, Strategy and Innovation in the Office of the CTO at Lam Research
When: Tuesday, January 26th, 2021, 2:00-3:30 pm
Join us for an Innovation Leaders Speaker Series webinar event featuring Lubab Sheet-Davis, Vice President, Strategy and Innovation in the Office of the CTO at Lam Research. Lubab will discuss innovation's increasing recognition as a unique business discipline that drives value, impact and growth, as well as opportunities for innovation professionals to design careers by understanding innovation objectives, accountability, culture, and innovator archetypes, as well as what inspires them.
Accelerating Happy Accidents:  How to Increase Serendipity & Innovation
Speaker:  Kent A. Greenes, Founder & President, Greenes Consulting
When:  Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 11:00 am
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.
TRACK Workshop: Conducting Business Experiments 
Speaker: Jim Euchner
When: Wednesday February 17, 2021 1:00pm – 4:00pm
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.
TRACK Workshop: Business Model Innovation
Speaker: Jim Euchner
When: Wednesday March 17, 2021 1:00pm – 4:00pm
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.

Twirling above a strip of land at the mouth of Rotterdam’s harbor is a wind turbine so large it is difficult to photograph. The turning diameter of its rotor is longer than two American football fields end to end. Later models will be taller than any building on the mainland of Western Europe.
John Deere has unveiled the concept of an all-electric excavator at an early stage of development. The manufacturer not only wants to promote electric vehicles in agriculture but also on construction sites in the future.
Johns Manville, a leading global manufacturer of energy-efficient building and industrial insulation products and a Berkshire Hathaway company, announced today the addition of JM Corbond® IV Closed-Cell Spray Polyurethane Foam to its complete line of building insulation products.
Hormel Foods Corporation, a global branded food company, was recently named of one America's Most Responsible Companies by Newsweek magazine for the second year in a row. Hormel Foods was ranked No. 161 out of the top 400 companies recognized for their corporate responsibility performance.