Key Questions

Questions that motivate our investigations:

  • How can an engineer create an intrapreneurial innovation within an existing organization?
  • What cases are more likely to see success:
    • New product categories?
    • New operational innovations?
    • New areas of diversification, and to what degree?
    • How about spin outs and spin ins?
    • Later stage strategic changes?
    • Does industry type matter, or geography?
  • What can go wrong? 
  • What do the best firms do today to keep their best talent and stay competitive? What are the alternatives incentive structures?
  • What techniques from entrepreneurship apply within a firm?  When is pure entrepreneurship the better path?
  • How well do lean models work for intrepreneurs – at different types and stages of innovation?
  • What is the role of open networks or open platforms to empower engineering driven innovations?
  • What can management do to empower innovators within the firm?
  • What is the best way to collaborate with universities?
  • Why and how should firms work to solve societal scale challenges?
  • What is the role of policy makers to best support private and public innovation?
  •  What behaviors need to change in order for the organization or individual see successful innovation?
  • How do firms handle the acquisition, storage, and sale of their IP portfolio?