13th Aachen Technology and Innovation Management Conference


21.11.2019 - 22.11.2019

13th Aachen Technology and Innovation Management Conference

Pullman Aachen Quellenhof
Monheimsallee 52
52062 Aachen
INC Invention Center
Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionstechnologie IPT 
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Günther Schuh
Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Frank T. Piller 

1400.00 € 13th Aachen Technology and Innovation Management Conference

It can no longer be regarded as a luxury to have a carefully thought-out Technology and Innovation Management TIM strategy; it has become an absolute necessity! The core task of TIM is to ensure that the technologies (product, production and materials technologies) are available at the right time and at a reasonable cost. Successful technology and innovation management has previously been equated particularly in German engineering companies – with developing new technologies, introducing new products and pursuing a policy of continuous improvement. Nowadays, in addition to continuously improving the technology and product portfolio, it is becoming essential for companies to re-think the fundamental principals underlying their own business activities: their own business model. Technological differentiation and operational efficiency are often no longer enough to guarantee success in the environment of international competition. Disruptive innovations frequently originate from new business models and open the door to market success. In numerous presentations by experts, you will learn how suitable processes, structures and methods can be harnessed to create an efficient echnology and information management system. Alongside keynote speeches and examples from industrial practice, the emphasis will be on the exchange of ideas and opinions among participants.

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09.00 Welcome and Get-Together
09.30 Welcome Speech
Toni Drescher, KEX Knowledge Exchange AG | INC Invention Center & Dr. Ramon Kreutzer, Fraunhofer IPT
09.45 Collaborative Development of Complex Technical Products
  • Disruptive innovation require collaboration
  • Innovation in highly regulated markets
  • Organization and orchestration of technological verticals in start-up companies
Prof. Dr. Günther Schuh, Fraunhofer IPT | WZL at the RWTH Aachen
11.00 Coffee Break
11.15 99% of the Relevant Knowledge Can Be Found Outside the Company's Boundaries
  • Industrial cooperation as a critical factor in the initiation and implementation of large-scale projects
  • Managing alliances "successfully" and leveraging synergy potential between the parties involved: A success story from the process industry
  • F.A.I.L. = First Attempt In Learning – What role does the right corporate culture play?
Dr. Grzegorz Darlinski, Covestro Deutschland AG
12.00 Agile Innovation – Design and Set-up of a Smart Factory
  • Innovating between complementary competences and opposing working cultures
  • Goal alignment across multidisciplinary partners in a large-scale project
  • Development of a smart factory by iterative generation of incremental prototypes
Anita Friis Sommer, Ph.D., The Lego Group
12.45 Lunch
14.00 Collaboration as a Success Factor in the Silicon Valley Innovation Ecosystem
  • Strategic partnerships: platform integration requires collaboration as a starting point
  • The importance of exchange and cooperation in the history of the Silicon Valley
  • Don't compete! – How new technologies change our lives
Christoph Burkhardt, Burkhardt Group
15.15 Breakout Session
16.15 Coffee Break + Exposition
16.45 Building and Activating Global Networks – Implementing Radical Transformation
  • "Act local" plus "Think global" – On the way to a globally thinking company
  • "Not all invented here" – Development of a Best Practice Network in a heterogeneous group of manufacturing companies
  • "We don't have time for this" – Dealing with resistance and new challenges
Dr. Frank Brandenburg, Georg Fischer Piping Systems Ltd.
19.30 Soirée at the Uptown Sky Lounge, Innside by Meliá Aachen




08.30 Welcome Coffee
09.00 Why Does Open Innovation Often Fail in Practice?
  • Five specific approaches to improvement – Critical success factors for the implementation of Open Innovation
  • Focus methods for a collaborative innovation approach
  • Open Innovation platforms: Failed experiment or future hope
Prof. Dr. Frank T. Piller, TIME Research Area at the RWTH Aachen University
10.15 Holistic Open Innovation for Consumer Goods and Services
  • Connect+Develop: A strategic approach to collaborative open innovation partnerships
  • Every partnership is different – Design for mutual value creation
  • Activating and accelerating capabilites to create novel innovation S-curves and business growth
Hansjörg Reick, The Procter & Gamble Company
11.00 Coffee Break
11.30 Organizational Challenges in the Innovation Process – Why Good Ideas Alone are Not Enough
  • What is "innovation"? – An organizational sociological discourse
  • The right organizational environment is a prerequisite for any successful innovation
  • The role of interdisciplinarity and collaboration as a decisive resolution
Dr. Thiemo Kessel, Continental AG
12.15 Wrap-Up
Toni Drescher, KEX Knowledge Exchange AG | INC Invention Center

Dr. Ramon Kreutzer, Fraunhofer IPT
13.00 Networking Lunch
14.00 End of Event

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