The seven top industrial research and development trends

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12/12/2019 14:02

The seven top industrial research and development trends

Juliane Segedi Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation IAO

    Fraunhofer IAO promotes future-pointing R&D with trend study and new innovation network

    How can companies make their research and development activities fit for the future and which promising trends will help them achieve this goal? Fraunhofer IAO put this question to R&D experts and presented their responses in a study titled “Future R&D” as seven key trends shaping the future of research. Early next year, Fraunhofer IAO will also launch the “Future R&D – Trends, Strategies and R&D Ecosystems” innovation network.
    The pace at which new technologies are evolving, coupled with the myriad possible applications for businesses – just take AI, for example – poses considerable challenges for companies carrying out research and development (R&D). They will have to restructure or refocus their internal R&D activities accordingly if they are to keep up and make sure they are abreast of all new developments.

    Open, agile and digital: Experts prioritize the key success factors for R&D

    So what is the secret to managing this change and what are the key success factors and trends in R&D to watch out for? The Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO addressed this question in a study which asked international experts to give their opinion. The seven trends most commonly identified in the study, based on the frequency of responses, were:
    Structured monitoring of new trends and technologies
    Collaboration with cooperation partners in R&D networks
    Integrating customers into the development process
    Agile development processes
    Enhancing the effectiveness of R&D efforts
    Targeted skills development of the workforce
    Digitalization of R&D processes
    What the study reveals is that companies will need to collaborate more openly to enable them to both profit from R&D networks and at the same time take their customers’ needs and wishes into account at an early stage in the development process. Agile processes and targeted skills development are seen as additional success factors. Digital tools and methods not only help companies implement these points, but also digitalize their own end-to-end business processes.

    “Future R&D” innovation network is a seedbed for knowledge and experience sharing

    Many of the respondents expressed interest in a network project aimed specifically at practicing this important exchange and outward orientation. For this reason, Fraunhofer IAO is initiating the “Future R&D – Trends, Strategies and R&D Ecosystems” industrial network project from 2020 and is inviting interested R&D experts to get on board. The goal is to start with a maximum of ten member companies in order to provide a platform for mutual sharing of experience and expertise built on trust. Membership includes an exclusive “R&D Ecosystems” study, workshops on interpreting R&D trends, seminars on using strategic R&D tools, as well as assistance with company-specific implementation tailored individually to the needs of the respective company.

    Contact for scientific information:

    Adj. Prof. (QUT) Dr.-Ing. Frank Wagner
    Head of Strategic R&D Cooperation
    Fraunhofer IAO
    Meitnerstr. 10
    70563 Stuttgart
    Phone +49 711 970-2029

    Marco Kayser
    R&D Management
    Fraunhofer IAO
    Meitnerstr. 10
    70563 Stuttgart
    Phone +49 711 970-2279

    Original publication:

    German Study:
    Future R&D: Erfolgreich in die Zukunft - Trends und Erfolgsfaktoren in der industriellen Forschung und Entwicklung

    Authors: Frank Wagner | Marco Kayser | Michaela Kesselring

    Criteria of this press release:
    Business and commerce, Journalists, Scientists and scholars, Students
    Economics / business administration, Electrical engineering, Information technology
    transregional, national
    Research projects, Scientific Publications


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