Community

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Be part of the network with our expert community

As an INC member, you will have the opportunity to participate in our five Work Group Meetings with around seven other companies to discuss a subject area within the broader field of technology and innovation management and to work together to develop action guidelines.

Additionally, meetings will be held for INC members twice a year. On these dates future research topics will be selected and current questions in TIM will be reviewed. We will also work together to define the future structure of the Invention Center.

The Invention Center provides an exclusive platform from which you can network with other members and exchange ideas. You have constant access to project-specific information. Partner offices at INC.worx in our Invention Center enable our premium members to network directly with the research community on the RWTH Aachen Campus and participate actively.

TIMEX

Work with experts to process principal areas of interest from the field of technology and innovation management in lectures, workshops and discussions.

Goal
  • Sustainable expert network
Key areas of interest 2017
  • Experimentation and validation in the business model innovation process
  • Corporate Innovation Labs: Success factors in focused
  • Developing and inventing systematically: The TRIZ method
  • Peer review of the R&D process
Approach
  • Hold regular meetings
Technology platforms

Seize opportunities and minimize risks via active technology management

Questions
  • What are the achievements expected of the TPF and what activities are to be completed or supported by the TPF to this end?
  • Who are the stakeholders in the TPF and how are the interfaces organized?
  • How is the TPF financed and who finances the TPF?
  • What are the roles (TPF-Manager, Experts, etc.) and responsibilities associated with TPF?
  • How is the TPF organized and how is the TPF within the organization?
Approach
  • Patent topics to be defined by CIG partners and brief coaching to be conducted by the INC team
  • Arrange a kick-off meeting and one work meeting at the premises of each of the CIG partners in order to discuss the patent topics and problem-solving approaches used in research & practice
  • Possibly extend an invitation to external specialist speakers
  • Arrange wrap-up meeting to consolidate the outcomes
Digital Transformation – Roadmapping and Implementation

Industry 4.0 / Digitalization as a megatrend and omnipresent theme

Goal
  • To identify and discuss models which have proved successful in implementing/transforming Industry 4.0/ digitalization in the company
  • To ensure that the implementation of Industry 4.0/digitalization within the company concerned is accompanied by the opportunity to swap experience and ideas in the INC community
Approach
  • Patent topics to be defined by CIG partners and brief coaching to be conducted by the INC team
  • Arrange a kick-off meeting and four networking meetings to discuss problem-solving approaches used in research and practice (Best Practices)
  • Possibly invite external speakers specializing in specific priority areas
  • Host a networking conference focusing on the latest technologies, procedures and approaches to implementing Industry 4.0
Business Culture  – Effect mechanisms and implementation

Although there are numerous examples of successful innovation models, in practice, many companies find it difficult to copy successful “cultural-elements” and to implement them internally

Questions
  • How does a positive/ negative (innovation) culture manifest itself in a company?
  • What are culture-based success models in technology and innovation management?
  • What organizational options or levers exist which can influence the (innovation) culture in your own company?
  • How can cultural best practices be implemented sustainably in your own company?
Approach
  • Subjects of patents to be defined by the CIG partners and brief coaching to be conducted by the INC team
  • Arrange a kick-off meeting and one working meeting at the premises of each of the CIG partners to discuss the subjects of patents and problem-solving approaches from research & practice
  • Possibly invite external specialist speakers
  • Wrap-up meeting to consolidate the outcomes