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The innovation management tools market offers technologies that help organizations streamline operations for their innovation programs.  Most products offer similar core capabilities around ideation, collaboration, stage-gate workflows and reporting.  An IRI member is conducting market research around tools in this space and would like to know if IRI members are using COTS (commercially available off-the-shelf) products to capture the front end of innovation and your perception on the performance of the tools. 
In the wake of the racial/social/civil protests and unrest that has occurred within the US, our organization has renewed efforts to improve the representation of under-represented minorities at all levels within the corporation as we believe diversity and inclusion to be a strategic imperative. Please take a minute and let us know how your organization is approaching this challenge.  
Many companies review R&D projects at initiation for strategic fit and then review progress and continued relevance at ongoing stage gate and portfolio review meetings.  Another dimension that is sometimes addressed is portfolio platform robustness.  A project's impact on a portfolio platform’s robustness can be reviewed at initiation and at periodic portfolio reviews.  Our organization is looking to begin a process of reviewing its platforms for robustness and would like insights from those that are have already implemented this type of review.
Fellow programs are one of many vehicles aimed to engage top R&D Talent. We are an organization looking to refresh our program and seeking insight on your organization's program.  This includes how to engage fellows in a way that is beneficial to both them as top scientific talent but also the organization that values their contributions. While this is a specific ask about Fellow programs, any additional insight into engaging individual contributor R&D talent is welcome.
IRI and Babson College have teamed up to conduct a longitudinal study on the impact that the coronavirus pandemic is having on R&D and innovation management.  In order to understand these impacts over time, we will be conducting a series of surveys over the next two years, tracking such key issues as productivity, morale, culture, collaboration, and communication. 

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Talent Management & Human Resources

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