R&D Today Newsletter - April 2019
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Innovation management structure

A structured approach to innovation management is discussed in this newsletter from a number of perspectives. It includes a discussion of the technology strategy implemented by Church & Dwight for innovation in malodour control; the benefits of using roadmapping tools intertwined with strategy and innovation tools; and the impact of 'partial adjustment' on the ability of an organisation to respond to change. 

As always if you would like to comment or contribute a post of your own please do get in touch - we look forward to hearing from you. 

Using good practice in R&D management to create new innovations in malodour control

The removal of unpleasant smells from the human body, fabrics and living spaces has been a challenge across the years. Despite considerable investment by large companies there is not yet a complete solution.

Now authors of a new R&D management white paper on the subject, Steve Bone and Ian Murphy of nu Angle and Andrew Guttentag of Church & Dwight argue that an external scouting and multidisciplinary approach to technology strategy is creating breakthrough innovation.
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Combining roadmapping with strategy and innovation tools:
a backbone for an Innovation Management System

By integrating strategic, tactical and operational perspectives of innovation a model can be developed that promotes a structured approach to innovation management.

This approach provides the elements needed to make innovation a systematic practice in a company, according to the authors of this paper.
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Partial adjustment toward target R&D intensity

Firms with higher speed of adjustment can promptly adjust their R&D investments. This enables them to create and sustain competitive advantage in dynamic environment.

Yan Chen, Assistant Professor at School of Business at the Stevens Institute of Technology, discusses his findings. 
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Gravitating towards the quadruple helix

Unlike other studies, the Trentino Regional Innovation System (RIS) demonstrates that international connections are vital to increase prestige and success in a globalised economic system, comments Professor Yong Kyu Lew.

In his paper ‘Gravitating toward the quadruple helix’ Professor Lew explores a single RIS in Trentino, Italy, and shows that the provincial‐level government policy has a key role in supporting the innovation activities of regional research institutions and firms.
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Record number of submissions to R&D Management Conference
17-21 June 2019, Paris

The response to the call for abstracts has been impressive, says Prof. Thierry Rayna, Professor of Innovation Management École Polytechnique

"We have had a record number of submissions: over 610 abstracts submitted and 55 proposals submitted to the PhD Colloquium. This shows that the sector is vibrant and we are looking forward to a dynamic conference.” 
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