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New paradigms for the future: keynote perspectives from The R&D Management Conference 2008

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The R&D Management Conference 2008 theme of ‘emerging and new approaches to R&D management’ sought to draw out how R&D-based organizations today are changing the way they manage (in terms of novel approaches, techniques, models and tools) in face of the challenges and opportunities presented in the current environment. Six keynote presentations by executives, representing both the public and private sectors, elaborated on the following subjects reflecting their experiences on the theme: hyperconnectivity and changing R&D tenets, accelerating discoveries in human health via open access public-private partnerships, role of government in bridging the innovation gap, building sustainability and innovation in a traditional resource sector, R&D management in the aerospace sector, and leveraging diversity to build a culture of innovation. Their presentations highlighted amongst other things – global trends that are affecting how R&D organizations are operating, economic imperatives driving change in business models, working through partnerships within an open innovation environment, and leveraging the diversity presented by an increasingly globalized R&D workforce for success. Within these presentations are also challenges to researchers to generate new thinking to address current and future problems presented by the R&D environment. The keynote perspectives are summarized in this paper.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: National Research Council Canada, 1200 Montreal Road, Building M-23A Ottawa, Ontario KIA OR6 Canada., Email:

Publication date: 2010-01-01

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