No. 442 November 2016
IRI's Next Big Research Initiative
Strategic Challenges in R&D Talent Management
Following the IRI2038 Futures Study and the Digitalization and R&D research study, IRI launched its newest strategic research platform at the 2016 Member Summit. In consultation with the IRI membership, IRI's Knowledge Leadership Team selected the theme of strategic challenges in R&D talent management with individual projects tackling the themes listed below. These projects will be on an accelerated timeline, reporting out at the 2017 Member Summit. They held initial exploration sessions at the 2016 Member Summit and are getting down to work now.

Anyone interested in learning more or in participating in one 
of the  projects below can contact Lee Green .

Strategic Planning in the Age of Liquid Talent

With new recruits planning to only stay at organizations for a short period, and lifers considering partial retirement, how can an R&D organization effectively plan for the competencies that will be needed now and in the long-term?

Questions to be considered:
  1.        How do companies redefine organizational knowledge? 
  2.        What are the effects on workforce planning?
  3.        What skills will leaders need to manage this type of workforce?
  4.        What role can/should virtual technologies play?
Next call:  Nov. 9, @ 10:00 am Eastern

Recruiting and Retaining Early Career Technical Talent

Questions to be considered:
  1.     How can a desire for early management exposure be achieved for tech recruits?
  2.     How can R&D provide opportunities for horizontal and vertical growth?
  3.     How can R&D organizations recruit the best and the brightest to "unsexy" fields?
Next call: Nov. 10, @12:00 pm Eastern

Careers Paths for Innovation

Can we identify a model career path for innovators?

Questions to be considered:
  1.      Is the innovation career path a dead end?
  2.      What constitutes the right exposure and experiences?
Next call: Nov. 7, @2:00 pm Eastern

Effective Performance Reviews for R&D

Questions to be considered:
  1.      How effective is continuous feedback?
  2.      What role can data analytics play?
  3.      How can failure (from good experiments) and learning be encouraged in a performance review system?
  4.     What are appropriate appraisals for innovators and those working on differing cycle times?
Next call: Nov. 9, @2:00 pm Eastern

2016 Member Summit Video Presentations
Videos from the 2016 Member Summit in Chicago, IL, are now available on the IRI Learning Center. Share these videos with your team and discuss how you can incorporate Digitalization techniques and practices into your R&D management structure (IRI login required).

Check out the two opening keynotes from the meeting:

Driving Motorola Solutions' Digital Transformation 
with Innovation through Data
with Eduardo Conrado (EVP, Strategy and Innovation Office, 
Motorola Solutions) and Paul Steinberg (SVP and CTO, 
Motorola Solutions).


The 21st Century Brilliant Factory
with Stephen Biller (Chief Manufacturing Scientist, 
GE Global Research)

2017 Annual Meeting Call for Proposals

Are you pushing beyond the traditional value chain to adopt a more dynamic and integrated collaboration culture across the business enterprise? We want to hear from you! Our c all for proposals for the 2017 Annual Meeting is now open.

Submission deadline is Monday, December 5, 2016. Share your expertise within the R&D and innovation community and benefit by:
  • Connecting with innovation thought leaders from around the globe;
  • Building your professional knowledge via the exchange and sharing of ideas; and,
  • Gaining visibility among the R&D community and across broad industry segments.
Session formats include:
  • Breakout or training sessions
  • Express Learning sessions (case studies)
  • Ignite! (short, engaging talks on any subject) 
This event is IRI's largest gathering of innovation leaders discussing the latest techniques to enhance innovation and R&D. Come share your journey and gain valuable insights from your industry peers.

Learn more about the Annual Meeting and download your proposal submission form.

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Upcomin g Events

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"Open Innovation Success Starts
with a Well Stated Problem"

November 4, Noon Eastern


Cambridge Regional Meeting

Draper Lab
Cambridge, MA
November 10

2017 Research Remix

Research Triangle Park, NC
February 22 - 24

"R&D Beyond Four Walls"
2017 Annual Meeting

Westin Boston Waterfront
Boston, MA
May 8 - 11

Thank You 2016 Industry Sponsors!






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