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  1. Co-Developing Products in Asia

    Audio Session: Tuesday, July 25, 2006 1:00pm

    In this audio session, Lothar Katz, principal consultant at Leadership Crossroads and a former Vice President and General Manager at Texas Instruments, shares his insights into co-developing products with Asian partners. Based on empirical studies, Katz points out the key cultural differences – group-orientation, relationship to authority andattitude towarduncertainty – that are the most challenging when collaborating globally. Katz outlines the very significant differences between China, Korea, India, and Japan and how to best motivate teams based in these countries. The speaker also cites American cultural traits that might cause difficulties for Asian counterparts and touches on the question of protecting Intellectual Property. A Question & Answer session with practitioners provides examples of applying Katz’s principles to individual cases. (10 pages)

  2. Metrics for Technology Scouting: Recent Workshop Demonstrates Growing Need to Measure Success by Jay Paap, Paap Associates Locked

    Research | Posted: 2009-06-09

    An April 2009 Technology Scouting (TS) workshop, including representatives from such companies as Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Frito-Lay, Eastman Chemical, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc., brainstormed a list of metrics for Technology Scouting. The exercise supported the observation that metrics are emerging as an increasingly important part of corporate venturing (or open innovation) programs in general and scouting programs in particular. In addition to listing input, output and throughput measures for corporate venturing, the article also compares these metrics to an approach to metrics presented by Nokia at another conference.

  3. Technology Scouting Starter Kit: Leading Practices and Resources

    Publication | Posted: 2009-01-14

    Management Roundtable's Technology Scouting Starter Kit offers an overview of industry practices and recommended action steps.

  4. Technology Sourcing Resources List Locked

    Research | Posted: 2008-11-13

    A listing of resources available for technology sourcing

  5. Trends and Best Practices in Technology Scouting (Presentation) Locked

    Research | Posted: 2008-11-13

    Highlights and tips on Technology Sourcing and Open Innovation from companies like IBM, P&G, Corning, Nokia, Johnson & Johnson and others that have strong innovation cultures, and continue to look outside for sourcing new technologies. These companies are going beyond their core, exploring new markets, and investing in other companies. Their outreach is global, their strategic thinking is long-range.

  6. Procter & Gamble’s Process for Open Innovation: Communication, Triage and Review Locked

    Research | Posted: 2008-09-04

    The pressure to cut cycle times and resource budgets, coupled with the flood of competitive products, has pushed growing numbers of organizations to conclude that innovation is too important to leave to R&D alone. At Procter & Gamble (P & G), this conclusion resulted in a proactive approach to connecting with innovation resources around the globe that P & G calls Connect and Develop. This program has enabled the company to develop a greater number of products and speed them to market faster than ever. This article explores briefly how Connect and Develop defines strategic needs, solicits responses from its user network, and processes this input. It describes how P & G uses multiple resources and channels to solicit new ideas and emphasizes the back-end of this process for open innovation. The piece concludes that communication, triage, and review capabilities are key success factors for a focused, formal process for open innovation. (5 Pages)

  7. Special Report on Open Innovation Practices

    Publication | Posted: 2008-08-01

    To provide a real-world, practical guide to implementing open innovation, Management Roundtable is pleased to announce its new Special Report on Open Innovation Practices. This Report presents exclusive insights and implementation advice from the foremost experts and leading industry practitioners.

  8. Special Report on Managing Intellectual Property for Product & Technology Development

    Publication | Posted: 2008-08-01

    The heat is on R&D to innovate and the ability to leverage intellectual property (IP) is key. While IP is estimated to comprise as much as 90% of corporate value, most companies have difficulty leveraging this asset. Increased patent activity in industry, a crowded innovation space, and costly litigation have compounded the challenge.

  9. Tireless Communication: Experts Share the State-of-the-Art in Product Development Locked

    Research | Posted: 2008-04-15

    This overview of the Management Roundtable’s April 2008 PD IMPACT conference summarizes a range of presentations which reflect the current state of Product Development across industries. Presenters from such firms as Texas Instruments, Boeing, Boston Scientific, Medtronic, Kimberly-Clark, Honeywell and MEDRAD discussed roadmapping, portfolio management, co-development, open innovation and many other topics of current interest to R&D and product development managers. Issues around managing shared networks and anticipating markets and trends emerged as particularly important themes. Expert practitioners reported that much of the challenge of product development today is engaging these invisible resources and networks to achieve innovation. A variety of tools can facilitate that process; but, at the heart of it all, there is people – communicating tirelessly and incorporating lessons learned into the next iteration. (7 pages)

  10. Technology Scouting: Going "Outside" for Rapid Innovation Locked

    Research | Posted: 2008-03-28

    Many top companies are moving to a more open form of technology and product development in which they leverage technical capabilities developed in other sectors or industries to address their own internal needs. Going outside can both speed up and improve technical development, free up scarce internal resources for other high-impact activities, and lead to greater innovation. The key is being open and knowing where to look, how to qualify, and how to apply new externally-developed technologies for rapid commercialization – at a profit to your firm. Rather than relying on ad hoc and sometimes haphazard approaches to technology sourcing, many firms are adopting formal Technology Scouting programs to provide a structured, focused approach to identifying and acquiring new technology. This presentation by Technology Scouting expert, Dr. Jay Paap, presents an overview of the major features, rationales and tips and techniques related to Technology Scouting. Click here to download the presentation slides and then download the text transcript of Dr. Paap’s talk below. (24 pages)

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