Overcoming Challenges in Aligning R&D Strategy and Program Activities

Posted May 22, 2019 in Cutter Business Technology Journal

The CTOs of global industrial and manufacturing groups with technology-intensive products and services will tell you that despite the undeniable importance of startups and other external innovation ecosystem partners, internal R&D still needs to be at the core of the innovation effort. External parties are usually unable to make the necessary resource investments for long-term, core R&D. Moreover, maintain­ing leading competencies in core technology areas is usually vital to sustaining competitive advantage. However, as we explore in this Advisor, there are multiple challenges in the traditional way of aligning R&D strategy and program activities.

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Vincent Bamberger
Vincent Bamberger is a Consultant with Cutter Consortium, Managing Partner at Arthur D. Little (ADL), and a member of ADL’s global board of directors. He has more than 20 years’ experience in strategy and management consulting. Mr. Bamberger focuses on strategy, innovation, organization, and operations issues. He mainly serves clients within the transportation and aerospace/defense industries. Mr. Bamberger also serves major private-equity… Read More
Florent Nanse
Florent Nansé is a Senior Consultant with Cutter Consortium, a Principal at Arthur D. Little (ADL), and a member of ADL’s Technology & Innovation Management and Industrial Goods & Services practices. He has broad experience in strategic consulting in terms of anticipation (strategic plans, business planning), innovation (technology roadmapping, R&D&T processes and organization), and transformation (operational excellence, change… Read More
Ben Thuriaux
Ben Thuriaux is a Senior Consultant with Cutter Consortium and a Partner at Arthur D. Little (ADL). He works across ADL’s Technology & Innovation Management and Utilities & Alternate Energy practices and heads up the Energy practice’s Competence Centre in Technology, Innovation, and Digitalization. Mr. Thuriaux focuses on strategy, technology, and innovation management diagnostics and adapting innovation management best practices;… Read More
Michael Kolk
Michaël Kolk is a Partner at Arthur D. Little (ADL), based in the Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur. He coordinates ADL’s Chemicals practice and leads its Technology & Innovation Management practice in the Netherlands. Dr. Kolk focuses on growth and innovation performance enhancement, primarily in the chemicals, life sciences, and other technology-intensive industries. He is a regular speaker at innovation conferences. Dr. Kolk holds a master of… Read More
Richard Eagar
Rick Eagar is a Senior Consultant with Cutter Consortium's Business Technology & Digital Transformation Strategies practice and Global Leader in the Technology & Innovation Management practice of Arthur D. Little (ADL), responsible for functional expertise in innovation, R&D, and technology management. He has 30 years’ consulting exper­ience in innovation, technology management, and R&D in strategy and organization/trans­… Read More
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