RTM Lunch & Learn Discussion with Bob Cooper and Anita Friis Sommer

Event Type

Leading Innovation Organizations, Patent, Technology Roadmapping, Tools and Techniques

Is there a better way for companies to maximize the value of their NPD portfolios? 

Robert (“Bob”) G. Cooper, creator of Stage-Gate, and Anita Friis Sommer, head of Sustainable Operations at the LEGO Group, say “Yes!”  

Learn why at an RTM Lunch & Learn on Friday, June 2 at 12PM EDT. Bob and Anita will give a brief presentation of their multidimensional Value Based Scorecard (VBS), which they developed using proven, research-based criteria. Companies can use their VBS to select and prioritize NPD projects effectively, using a forward-looking approach with real-time and reliable data. Companies lacking effective NP portfolio management—too many projects, difficulty killing weak projects, no portfolio or project selection system, and a low value portfolio for the resources spent—may find Bob and Anita’s dynamic portfolio management solutions helpful. 

Cost: Free

Lunch & Learn registrants will receive a copy of the paper, “Dynamic Portfolio Management for New Product Development,” which was published in RTM Volume 66, Issue 3.  

Robert (Bob) Cooper

Dr. Robert G. Cooper … is one of the most influential innovation thought leaders in the business world today. He pioneered the original research that led to many ground breaking discoveries including the Stage Gate® Idea to Launch process. He has published more than 140 academic articles and 11 books, including the best selling  “Winning at New Products” and “Portfolio Management for New products”. He is three-times winner of the Maurice Holland Award for best article in RTM’s journal Research-Technology Management. And he is #21 in the world in terms of citations (other people citing his work) across all fields of management. Cooper is ISBM Distinguished Research Fellow at Penn State’s Smeal College of Business Administration, USA, and Professor Emeritus, School of Business, McMaster University, Canada. Cooper’s work sessions with managers and his executive seminars on regularly receive top ratings: “Inspiring, profound, captivating, practical and effective!“

Anita Friis Sommer

Head of Sustainable Operations


Anita Friis Sommer is head of Sustainable Operations at the LEGO Group (Denmark). She holds a post doctorate in process modelling at the University of Cambridge (UK), a PhD in product development management, and a master’s in engineering management from Aalborg University, Denmark. She is a double recipient of the Innovation Research Interchange’s prestigious Maurice Holland Award (2016 and 2019) for articles on the use of Agile in physical product development. anita@anitasommer.com  

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