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Scott Edgett Tours Colombia to Share Approaches for Driving Successful Product Innovation with Local Executives

ANCASTER, ONTARIO CANADA - August 8, 2014 - Dr. Scott Edgett, CEO and co-founder of Stage-Gate International and a globally recognized innovation expert, recently toured Colombia speaking to Innovation Executives. The National Business Association of Colombia (ANDI), a non-profit association representing more than 1100 companies from various sectors of the economy, hosted the events for its members.  The theme was how to Enable Innovation Excellence.  Local events were held in the cities of Bogota, Medellin and Cali during the week of August 4th where Dr. Edgett discussed what innovation is and how organizations can build their innovation capabilities.

The presentations incorporated research findings from a recent benchmarking study of 312 companies that assessed performance on the drivers of innovation performance. “A key first step in improving your own company’s innovation capabilities”, Dr. Edgett revealed, “is to understand where your company’s strengths are and where improvement is needed.  It is possible to score high on all drivers of innovation performance if the desire is there for an organization to become a best-in-class company”. His presentation provided examples of practices that top performing companies have put in place to build their internal capabilities and to drive more successful new product development.  

For more information about the study or to inquire about inviting Dr. Edgett to speak at an event, please contact.

Rebecca Colley
Senior Product Manager
Stage-Gate International

+1-905-637-8793
www.stage-gate.com

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 Product Development Institute

Product Development Institute (www.prod-dev.com) is dedicated to helping companies improve their approach to new product development and portfolio management. Led by internationally recognized experts in the field of product development, Dr. Scott Edgett and Dr. Robert Cooper, PDI provides executives and managers with a wide range of products and services aimed at improving companies' new product success rates. Cooper and Edgett have worked with more than 800 businesses, including most Fortune 500 companies, and have compiled the largest knowledge base on product development best-practices in the world.

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