Consortium for Corporate Entrepreneurship's Mission

1. OBJECTIVE Consortium for Corporate Entrepreneurship

The objective is to optimize the front end of innovation for platform and breakthrough projects. We are focused on providing increased knowledge to senior management and key inventors in the company.

2. RESEARCH INITIATIVES

  • Optimizing the Front End of Innovation
    • Determine the most effective practices in the Front End of Innovation
    • Development of an assessment tool
  • Knowledge Creation and Flow in the Front End of Innovation
    • What are the Best Practices for a Knowledge Creation Framework?

3. SURVEY METHODOLOGY AND BACKGROUND

  • In February 2007 we surveyed more than 240 business units from 140 companies including 3M, GE, P&G and Intel. We have over 600 individual responses.
  • The survey is developed by a world-class academic and industry team consisting of 17 companies and institutions.
  • This research is funded by the National Science Foundation and the Consortium for Corporate Entrepreneurship at Stevens Institute of Technology.
  • The research is supported by the Industrial Research Institute.
  • We followed the highest standards of survey research methods:
    • more than 1 year of survey development including more than 20 case studies and 5 pilots
    • multiple respondents per company to ensure reliable data
    • all conclusions are drawn from multiple questions

Read more... about the survey.

4. RESEARCH THEME I

To compare front end practices against top quartile Strategic Business Unit's:

  • overall performance
  • senior management guidance
  • climate
  • teams - including virtual
  • low risk - incremental projects
  • high risk - white space and disruptive projects

Look at a Sanitized Benchmarking HERE 

5. RESEARCH THEME II

Inadequate knowledge is a SIGNIFICANT impendent to increasing the speed of breakthrough product development.

Knowledge creation and flow in the front end of innovation: what are the best practices?

6. 2006/2007 SYMPOSIUM TOPICS

  • Virtual Teams in the Discovery Portion of the Innovation Process. Read more... about the Virtual Team Conference, March 29-30, 2006.
  • Discovering and Commercializing Breakthroughs: Can Companies be Ambidextrous? Read more... about the Commercializing Breakthroughs Symposium, February 19-20, 2007.
  • We are thinking about a new symposium... Making High Risk Portfolio Decisions in the Discovery Portion of the Development Effort? Options? More on Breakthroughs?