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Product Innovation Experts Robert Cooper and Scott Edgett Nominated for 2013 Maurice Holland Award

ANCASTER, ONTARIO CANADA (July 17, 2013) - Stage-Gate International is pleased to announce that Dr. Robert Cooper and Dr. Scott Edgett have been nominated for the 2013 Maurice Holland Award. The award, given by the Research-Technology Management Board of Editors and the Industrial Research Institute, is presented to the author of the best article from the previous year’s volume of Research-Technology Management.

Dr. Cooper and Dr. Edgett have been nominated for their article “Best Practices in the Idea-to-Launch Process and Its Governance”, which reports the results of an American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC) and Product Development Institute (PDI) study of 211 businesses and their performance metrics and practices. In their research, Dr. Cooper and Dr. Edgett provide insights into the best practices in both the idea-to-launch process and its governance that are strongly connected to positive innovation performance.

The full list of nominees for the 2013 Maurice Holland Award includes:

  • Alan MacCormack, William Crandall, Paul Henderson, and Peter Toft. “Do You Need a New Product-Development Strategy? Aligning Process With Context.” January/February, pp. 34-43.
  • Ted Farrington, Keith Henson, and Christian Crews. “Research Foresights: The Use of Strategic Foresight Methods for Ideation and Portfolio Management.” March/April, pp. 26-33.
  • Robert G. Cooper and Scott J. Edgett. “Best Practices in the Idea-to-Launch Process and Its Governance.” March/April, pp. 43-54
  • Chris van der Hoven, David Probert, Robert Phaal, and Keith Goffin. “Dynamic Technology Leadership: The Adaptive Role of the CTO.” September/October, pp.24-34
  • David Edwards. “Innovation Adventures Beyond the Core.” November/December, pp. 33-41.
  • Bruce Vojak, Raymond Price, and Abbie Griffin. “Serial Innovators: How Individuals Create and Deliver Breakthrough Innovations in Mature Firms.” November/December, pp. 42-48
  • Irene Petrick and Russ Martinelli. “Driving Disruptive Innovation: Problem Finding and Strategy Setting in an Uncertain World.” November/December, pp. 49-57

The winner of the 2013 Maurice Holland Award will be announced at the Industrial Research Institute’s Member Summit, held in November, 2013. The full benchmarking study, “New Product Development: Process Benchmarks and Performance Metrics” can be obtained, where Dr. Cooper and Dr. Edgett explore the latest metrics and best practices in new product development, and provide company examples of new product development practices.

For more information, please contact:

Emir Ozdemir
Corporate Marketing Manager

About Scott J. Edgett

Scott J. Edgett is Chief Executive Officer at Stage-Gate International and is internationally recognized as one of the world's top experts in product innovation. A high-profile speaker, sought-after consultant, and executive advisor, he is the pioneer of the critical practice of new product portfolio management, and principally focuses on issues affecting product innovation leadership and capability. Consulting and advising some of the world's best innovators and companies among the Fortune 1000, he has extensive experience working with large multi-national clients in a variety of industries. He is credited with helping business executives and product innovation professionals successfully implement world-class product innovation processes that have generated outstanding performance results.

A co-author of eight books, including the popular 'Product Innovation & Technology Strategy', and a published author of 60+ academic articles, Dr. Edgett is a former professor at the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University and is a Faculty Scholar at the Institute for the Study of Business Markets (ISBM) at Penn State University.

About Robert G. Cooper

Robert G. Cooper is one of the most one of the most influential innovation thought leaders in the business world today. He pioneered many groundbreaking discoveries in product innovation, including the Stage-Gate® Idea-to-Launch Process, now implemented by almost 80% of North American companies. Having spent 40 years studying the practices and pitfalls of 3000+ new product projects in thousands of companies, he has assembled the world's most comprehensive research in the field of product innovation management. His presentations and practical consulting advice have been widely applauded by corporate and business event audiences throughout the world, making him one of the most sought-after speakers.

A prolific author, Dr. Cooper has published 100+ academic articles and thirteen books, including the best-selling 'Winning at New Products', now in its 4th edition. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the Crawford Fellow from the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) and the Maurice Holland Award from the Industrial Research Institute (IRI). He is also Professor Emeritus of Marketing and Technology Management at the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, and Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Business Markets (ISBM) at Penn State University. 

About Stage-Gate International

Stage-Gate International, a member company of the Product Development Institute, is mandated very specifically to enable product innovators to become better product innovators. Our international team of Product Innovation Experts and Consultants are mentored by Dr. Cooper and Dr. Edgett and understand the complex challenges organizations face. We help companies achieve product innovation through our world-class products and services.

Through its close working relationship with the Product Development Institute, Stage-Gate International has access to the world's most comprehensive research into best practices in Product Innovation. This research has led to some of the most important discoveries in the innovation field; such as, Stage-Gate®, the NewProd™ Studies, and the concept of Portfolio Management.


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