Weekly Member Update - Monday, March 8, 2021

The 2021 Virtual Spring Networks Conference starts TODAY!

IRI Brings Innovation Leaders Together for Dynamic Discussions and Networking at the 2021 Virtual Spring Networks Conference
IRI would like to thank everyone who has registered and will be attending the 2021 Virtual Spring Networks Conference, March 8-11. All conference webinars will be recorded and posted to the IRI Learning Center the week after the conference, and all current IRI members can access the webinars at any time. Nonmembers who attend the event will have access to the content on the conference platform until April 2, 2021.

For more information about the 2021 Virtual Spring Networks Conference, visit https://www.iriweb.org/events/2021-virtual-spring-networks-conference

2021 Virtual Annual Conference Registration Now Open!

The 2021 Virtual Annual Conference will draw from the lessons of 2020 to present new strategies for companies to adapt and grow in the post-COVID world. Organizations forced to pivot quickly have now turned to considering what pandemic-driven changes will become permanent, how to develop a strategic plan that is both stable and agile, and best practices for this new era of innovation management.
Early Bird Registration Rates end April 1 - Register Now! 

IRI’s driver of best and next practices in innovation management, Research on Research (ROR), turns 50 this year.  To celebrate 50 years of groundbreaking research, we will be featuring content and testimonials from ROR’s 50 years each week.
R&D Issues in Mergers and Acquisitions
Taking place in 1999 - 2000, the objective of this project was to identify the impact of M&A on the R&D function.  Following interviews and focus groups with representatives of over 30 companies, guidelines were prepared for senior R&D executives on planning and implementing the integration of R&D organizations as part of the merger and acquisition process. 

The latest Digitalization Transformation Community case study is now available!

Take a deep dive into Brunswick’s IT-led digital transformation story, focusing on transforming the organization (people), modernizing the IT environment (infrastructure), and modernizing business systems (applications).


Research-Technology Management's latest journal issue is now available

To read the full articles, please be sure to log in with your IRIweb.org credentials

Register for our upcoming webinars & events!

Monthly Innovation Leader Coffee Houses
When: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 11:00 am ET
The goal of the Innovation Leader Coffee House video calls is to provide you with the opportunity to quickly benchmark with your peers and make sure you’re not overlooking any key considerations.  The agenda will change each month and participants are asked to come prepared with your questions and ideas to share. 
TRACK Workshop: Business Model Innovation
Speaker: Jim Euchner
When: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 1:00pm – 4:00 pm ET
This course is designed to provide enough background for participants to begin developing and testing new business models. It is based a model for doing business model innovation (the business model pyramid), which includes six steps. The course will take participants through each step of the process, with pragmatic advice on how to execute the work in the corporate context. It will include practical tools for quantifying customer value, identifying business model options, assessing risks, conducting experiments to learn about the risks, and organizing for incubation. We will also discuss the challenges of doing business model innovation in large companies and how to build internal support for your business.
DXC Thought Leader Interview 
Who: Bernardo Tiburcio, Global Digital Innovation Leader, DuPont
When: Thursday, March 18, 2021, 12:00 pm ET
Join IRI's Lee Green as she interviews Bernardo Tiburcio, Global Digital Innovation Leader at DuPont. Bernardo Tiburcio is an Information Technology professional with over 20 years of experience developing and implementing technology solutions for international companies. In his 17 years with DuPont, he has held numerous positions in sourcing and IT, such as Sustainable Solutions CIO, Data & Analytics Leader and Mobility CoE Leader. He is currently the Global Digital Innovation Leader with DuPont, responsible to drive the Digital Transformation program. 
April RTM Brown Bag Discussion
Who: Marcie Zaharee, Project leader for MITRE’s internal research and development program
When: Friday, April 9, 2021, 12:00 pm ET 
Join us for a discussion of “How Companies Can Benefit From Brilliant Failures,” an IRI Research-Technology Management (RTM) Brown Bag Discussion with Marcie Zaharee. 
Zaharee will present key findings from her paper published in RTM Volume 64, Issue 2. 

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This week during the online special event, John Deere shared new product updates for each step of the production cycle — prepare, plant, apply and harvest — during the 2021 Commodity Classic. These advances in equipment and technology will help customers be more sustainable and productive than ever before.
The Hershey Company today shared key strategies to expand and grow the better-for-you chocolate category with new and differentiated capabilities.
Kimberly-Clark has been recognized by Ethisphere for the third consecutive year as one of the 2021 World's Most Ethical Companies and a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices.
The J.M. Smucker Co. introduced an evolved set of environmental, social and governance (ESG) priorities today to reflect its sharpened focus on addressing issues that impact the quality of life of millions of people and pets.