January 3 Member Update

The Innovation Edge


New Innovation Community!

Challenged integrating sustainability into your innovation practices and processes? We are excited to announce the launch of IRI’s new Sustainability Community! The Sustainability Community will help you address this, and other needs related to sustainable development goals. Through the community, you will be able to access:

  • Monthly interviews with sustainability thought leaders
  • Kick off interview: Sustainable innovation with Rick Michelman, President & CEO of Michelman
  • How does a global chemical manufacturer integrate sustainability into new product development? How do they assess the ROI on investments in sustainability and capitalize on regulatory changes?
  • Thursday, January 26 at 12pm ET
  • Monthly roundtable discussions
  • Join your peers each month to share challenges and bounce ideas off of one another.  
  • Receive the calendar invitation.
  • Case studies
  • Our first in the series will be out early this year. Stay tuned!
Receive Sustainability Community updates

January 9, 12pm – 1:00pm EST

Digital Knowledge Management Techniques – PILOT Research Roundtable

Confused as to which historical data to keep and who makes those decisions. This roundtable discussion will focus on the decision-making process around what historical data to keep and who makes those decisions. This event is the 2nd discussion in IRI’s benchmarking project on digitizing knowledge management. By attending, you will have the opportunity to hear from fellow innovation professions how they approach this process.

More information and registration

January 18, 12pm – 1:00pm EST

Making Open Innovation Work – TRACK Workshop

Are your corporate innovation efforts siloed within research labs and boardrooms? This workshop practical recommendations about external technology assessment, intellectual property considerations, and effective project management involving external partners.

More information and registration

January 23, 12pm – 1:00pm EST

Improving Workplace Morale and Motivation – PILOT Research Roundtable

This roundtable will focus on how managers convey the importance of innovation under challenging circumstances, and what concrete cultural or communication policies can be put in place to foster innovation. This roundtable discussion is the 3rd part in IRI’s benchmarking project on best practices in improving workplace morale and motivation among innovation staff.

To receive a calendar invitation, contact Matt Dorocak.

Shaping Innovation Leaders

Transition from an innovation manager to an innovation ambassador!

Wish your high-potential scientists could be high-achieving influencers within your company? This intense 1-week course at the top-ranked leadership business school, Kellogg, will provide scientists with an understanding of the business needs throughout the enterprise.

More information and registration
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