What Does Collaborative Generation of Knowledge Mean?
Two main core values of IRI membership are the peer-to-peer transfer of knowledge and the research on best practices in technological innovation. The key vehicles for participating in this learning-rich environment are the IRI Networks and Research activities. Together, volunteers share their experiences and research case studies to establish Best Practices regarding common issues of interest or concern. The research performed is leading-edge because it provides a broader and more diverse perspective for enhancing the effectiveness of technological innovation by leveraging experts across all industries. Participating in these unique groups provides an invaluable learning experience and wealth of network connections. Plenty of opportunities exist for in-person collaboration at meetings, as well as virtual interaction through online discussion forums. Browse one of the groups below for additional information.
How Collaborative Learning at IRI Helps Me Work Smarter
“I’m all about learning from others, understanding what works for them, finding and assessing best practices, and applying them to my situation and challenges. Utilizing IRI, the members, the research, and reports is a perfect way to collaborate with the best of the best, adjust the results to fit our own situation, and move ahead quickly.”- Sue Burek, former chair, PILOT Steering Committee
When IRI members have complex challenges, PILOT swoops in!
The PILOT Team will help you:
- Connect with other members facing the same challenge.
- Select and deploy the right tools to dive into the challenge.
- Create deliverables to share with your team.
How it works:
- IRI connects you with other members in the same boat, forming a working group.
- IRI guides you through the research process, organizing and advising, while members of the working group provide intellectual input.
- The working group creates a deliverable to share with their teams and the rest of the IRI membership.
In the pipeline:
|Benchmarking surveys||Suggest a topic.|
|IRI archives deep dives||Suggest a theme.|
|Roundtable discussions||Suggest a topic.|
|Challenge:||How can we better recruit and retain early career technical talent?|
|How we addressed it:||
Literature scan, survey of early career professionals, case studies
Early and later career professionals mostly want similar things; the biggest differences with early career technical talent are a desire for:
|Challenge:||What metrics should we use for our innovation dashboards?|
|How we addressed it:||
Virtual roundtable discussions, member survey
|Deliverables:||Report (slide deck), webinar|
|Challenge:||What is Big Data and how is it going to impact how we do R&D?|
|How we addressed it:||Literature review, thought leader interviews, case studies|
Big Data Primer, RTM Article on Big Data and R&D Management (including maturity matrix), Research Note: Big Data and R&D Management, Digitalization and R&D: Big Data blog, Digitalization and R&D: Big Data Report Out (video)
Big Data, or ‘uncomfortable data’ as the group dubbed it, will impact R&D management through changes in how R&D is informed, enabled, and disrupted or transformed. They created a maturity matrix looking at how strategy, people, technology, and process integration would all be impacted in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, food and beverage, high tech, energy, chemicals, health care and pharmaceuticals, and government.
Networks are groups of like-minded peers facing similar challenges in an informal idea-sharing session. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to benchmark, discuss hot topics and, of course, network!