Innovation Research Interchange (formerly the Industrial Research Institute) is an inclusive membership organization with nearly 200 global members in private-sector companies and federally funded laboratories. Founded in 1938, we lead and advance the field of innovation management by creating contemporary practices. Some of the world’s most widely adopted models – such as “open innovation,” “front end of innovation,” and “stage-gate” – were born from the work of our members. We value strength in cooperation and partner with other organizations at the forefront of developments in innovation management, creating a hub for all to convene and contribute in an experimental, noncompetitive, and noncommercial environment



As an organization dedicated to enhancing innovation management at global organizations, IRI launched Flashpoint to allow the community of innovation professionals who we represent to share ideas in a less formal environment and explore a wide range of topics inside and potentially outside of their own fields of expertise. This is a free form arena to poke and prod the subject of innovation management in order to tease out the details of what it takes to lead innovative organizations in the modern era.

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