Established research and development organizations are under growing pressure — and not only to reduce costs or increase productivity.
They’re expected to become more “permeable” to the outside world, they’re expected to monitor and understand potentially disruptive technologies on a daily basis, and they need to attract talent and explore working with colleagues around the organization in new ways.
A good starting place in this section is our research report, “Retooling R&D for a New Era,” which includes survey data and interviews with senior leaders from Comcast, Kellogg's, W.L. Gore, Hain Celestial, and more.
Amidst stressful and unpredictable business and societal conditions related to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, R&D organizations are feeling new pressures. They are trying to fill gaps on their team in a tight talent market; solve problems with essential company operations while also building for the future; bring on new vendors when existing ones are unable to deliver; and deliver more output with the same resources — or in some cases, less. This report details how Global 1000 companies are responding in the current environment, and includes qualitative interviews with companies such as Campbell’s Soup, 3M, W.L. Gore, and Comcast.