Weekly Update - Monday, April 20, 2020

A message from both Eds:


IRI Members helping in the COVID-19 response


Check out IRI's COVID-19 Resources Page.


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The Annual Conference is going virtual

Join us for a 21st century conference--without leaving your desk! May 12-May 22, we will be holding our planned 2020 Annual Conference sessions as live webinars and interactive chatrooms. Learn how to adapt your innovation efforts in a global environment, collaborate with remote teams, and how to get the best ROI out of your business strategy when your organization is placed all over the world. Each day will offer virtual sessions pertaining to an element of Global Innovation. 

Here is a sneak peak of the topics that will be covered:

Tuesday May 12: Sustainability

DuPont's Chief Technology & Sustainability Officer, Alexa Dembek, will be delivering her keynote on how innovation can further sustainability goals.

Wednesday, May 13: Global R&D Case Studies

Learn how Michelman Inc. leads their global innovation teams.

Thursday, May 14: Innovation Culture

Join Kerry Slade from Temple University, to learn how to evaluate other cultures using two powerful culture frameworks, the Culture Map and Hofsteder’s cultural dimensions.  

Friday, May 15: IRI's 2020 Achievement Award Keynote

We will be honoring our 2020 Achievement Award winner! 

Monday, May 18: Innovation Models

Campbell Soup's Vice President of R&D will tell the story of how agile design has been hardwired into a 150-year old food company.

Tuesday, May 19: Global Partnerships

Boeing’s global reach includes customers in approximately 150 countries and employees and operations in more than 65 countries. Learn how they partner with companies all over the globe.

Wednesday, May 20: Managing Global R&D

Laura Buen Abed of Sonoco Products will discuss how to build a technology department in a new region and leverage technology leadership for building a foundation of growth.

Thursday, May 21: Innovation & Place

The Urban Manufacturing Institute will report on their case study of manufacturing in 6 cities.

Friday, May 22: 2020 Maurice Holland Award Winners

IRI will honor the authors of RTM's best article written in 2019! 


Register for the Virtual Annual Conference now!


In the meantime, we have lined up two more virtual sessions:

Disrupting Innovation through Collaborative Competition
Presented by Sigvald Harryson of HULT-Ashbridge & Robert Kirschbaum of DSM
April 22, 1-2 PM ET
A Simiplified Approach to Front-End-Innovation (FEI) to Build a Global Innovation Capability for Breakthrough Results
Presented by Marci Ruman, a Global Innovation Strategist of Kimberly-Clark Corporation
April 30, 11 AM-12 PM ET


PILOT research projects info sessions

In the midst of chaos, innovation continues and even grows.  This spring, IRI is launching four new research projects to help keep your organization innovating. Join these webinars to learn how you can get involved.
Organizing Time for Innovation – How can we best allot self-directed innovation time to maximize creative performance? 
Kick off webinar:  Tuesday, April 28, 12 - 1pm EDT; Register
Ideation to H2 Opportunity Portfolio – What can be done to improve the performance of the Horizon 2 Opportunity Portfolio, bridging the gap between the well-exercised processes of Horizon 3 Ideation (H3: 5+ years) portfolio and Horizon 1 Stage-Gate (H1: 1-2 years) project portfolio?
Kick off webinar:  Wednesday May 20, 1 – 2pm EDT; Register
If you are interested in a project, but aren’t able to join the webinar, please email Lee Green at green@iriweb.org for more information.


Digitalization & Covid-19 Discussion Group

We will hold weekly 30 minute virtual check-ins for the next three weeks to discuss how COVID-19 is impacting digitalization.  Here is the agenda for our first discussion:

  • How have you used your digital transformation to be better prepared for the current environment?
  • Have you had any surprises as to tools that have been used in new and better ways?
  • How is digital transformation in your organization being changed?
  • Many companies are using the current situation as an opportunity for training and developing key skill sets.  Are others doing this?  If so, how?  (e.g. preparing now for future experiments – building infrastructure, cleaning up data)

These calls will take place on Fridays at 11am ETRegister here.  (Note:  to keep these as a productive discussion, we will be limiting registration to 30 people.)