HR for R&D Working Group: How Should HR Support Breakthrough Innovation | Hosted by HP Inc. | Palo Alto, CA

Wednesday | May 24, 2017


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LOCATION:  HP Inc. | 1501 Page Mill Road, Building 3U | Palo Alto, CA  94304


Innovation is an important engine of economic growth and a vital source of corporate productivity and profitability. However because R&D is risky and uncertain, many public corporations have been scaling back their investments in basic research.  Gone are the halcyon days of well-resourced R&D labs such as AT&T Bell Labs and Xerox PARC.  Firms must develop (or acquire) breakthrough innovations more quickly and more efficiently than ever before.

This raises important questions for the HR function:
      • How should breakthrough innovation be encouraged and managed?
      • How can firms attract and retain R&D talent?
      • Can R&D talent be developed and promoted from within or must it be acquired externally?
      • How are compensation and incentives different for R&D staff?
      • What are the advantages/disadvantages of centralizing R&D in a single location?
      • What role does HR play in supporting breakthrough innovation?

To date there has been relatively little discussion of these topics in the press, or within the HR profession.  Our second working group on this topic is an effort to continue our conversations and generate practical insights for CAHRS partners.
 
We will begin by illuminating the unique organizational and managerial challenges faced by businesses that rely on basic science and Ph.D.-level scientists and engineers drawing from recent academic research on scientific innovation.  We will devote some time to discussing the HR challenges in supporting this population.
 
We are aware that many of our CAHRS partner firms are undertaking efforts to encourage and support breakthrough innovations including the selection of talent, cultivating a culture that sparks innovation,innovating ways of work, building skills and capabilities and the use technology/different operating models.  In our working group,participants will share lessons learned from these efforts.  Which of these things are working?  Which are not?  Why?
 
Our intended audience for this working group are HR leaders who work with and support research, basic science, and the R&D function.

This working group will run from 8:30-3:00pm with a continental breakfast and working lunch.  The session is free of charge to CAHRS partner firms, but participation is limited to no more than twenty-five attendees.

Cornell Discussion Leader:
Diane Burton is Associate Professor of Human Resources, ILR School, Cornell University

Hotel Accommodations:
Stanford Park Hotel - 100 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA  94025
Hilton Garden Inn - 4216 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA  94306
Courtyard Palo Alto - 4320 El Camino Real, Los Altos, CA  94022
Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel - 625 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA  94301
Crowne Plaza Cabana - 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA  94306



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