September 26 IRI Member Update

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Upcoming Free Events

Improving Workplace Morale and Motivation Roundtable Webinar

Monday, October 3rd at Noon ET

The COVID-19 pandemic, so-called ‘Great Resignation’, and supply chain issues have led to significant changes in the day-to-day work of innovation and R&D practitioners. Morale is always a key concern for management, but these changes have in some cases had a huge impact on how employees feel about their roles and their ability to function in them. This roundtable is an opportunity to discuss concerns and learn how other IRI members are tackling this key issue. It will be the first step in a new IRI research project that will identify best practices in improving R&D workplace morale and motivation.

To receive a calendar invitation, contact Matt Dorocak

RTM Lunch and Learn:

How to Time Technological Innovations Right

Friday, October 7th at Noon ET

Dirk Primus, an associate professor of management at Bryant University, will present strategic guiding principles practitioners can use to optimize their entry timing decisions. He will talk about a visual template practitioners can use to evaluate and manage entry timing decisions effectively and share his six strategic guiding principles. 

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Other Upcoming Events

Register for the 2022 IRI Fall Networks Conference

before October 1 to save up to $100

Join fellow IRI members in Milwaukee November 7-9, 2022 for 3 days of learning and networking. This event is open to all current IRI members. Complimentary registrations may be used to attend, or members can take advantage of our discounted rate. The deadline to get the early-bird discount is October 1. Visit our website to register, book your hotel, and download the latest agenda.

The following Networks will host sessions at the upcoming conference:

  • External Technology
  • Human Resources
  • Information Services/Information Technology
  • Innovation Leaders
  • Intellectual Assets Management
  • New Business Development

For more information, contact Mallory Smith (

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New Sessions Only at Digital Futures

How Data Can Make Better Leaders

There is volumes of research that attempts to define effective leadership and many more that demonstrate the impact of poor leadership on employee engagement and retention. A recent study found that leaders who had the highest employee engagement and strongest results were those who regularly asked for feedback and leveraged data for continuous improvement. So how do we become better leaders? What data and tools are available today to help us on that journey? This session will share how partnering with HR, leveraging data and people analytics can help us to become better leaders tomorrow.

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From Engineers to Programmers – How Porsche is building internal capabilities for digital transformation

With the company’s efforts in building up software capabilities to complement its outstanding cars, Porsche also needs to increase digital literacy among its highly-skilled employees. As part of the keynote, Jan Burchhardt, Porsche’s director of digital transformation, will share how software affects different parts of the organization and what Porsche does to attract talent and upskill employees further to complement the skillset of their car experts and engineers.


IRI TRACK Workshop: Managing Risk in Product Development and Research

October 13th, 1pm – 4:30pm EDT

Member $295 /Non-member $395

This workshop is designed to introduce risk management for R&D practitioners. Using insights from IRI studies, from the literature, and industrial experience, the workshop will allow the participants to understand and balance different types of risk on both an individual project and a project portfolio level.

Who should attend:

Individuals who are contributors to New Product Development (NPD) projects and those in innovation management roles such as project or portfolio managers. Job roles that will benefit from this training include those responsible for balancing R&D project portfolios and those accountable for forecasting and tracking “risk-adjusted” innovation metrics.

Register for Managing Risk in Product Development and Research

IRI TRACK Workshop: Managing Innovative People – New

October 28th, 1pm – 5pm EST

Member $295 /Non-member $395

The workshop will focus on the pragmatics of managing creative people and building innovative organizations. This workshop is geared toward anyone who has to manage creative and innovative team members by providing the range of skill one needs to succeed. These include: building relationships, addressing the common challenges of managing independent and creative staff, hiring for success in the organizational context, engaging people with widely varying motivations, approaches to mentoring, and helping people to manage their career paths.

Who should attend: The workshop is designed for those in innovation functions or within businesses who have responsibility for managing people. It is helpful for new managers and those interested in expanding their repertoire of practices. This course covers a broad range of business issues and can be viewed as a springboard to the participant’s professional advancement.

Register for Managing Innovative People
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