R&D Management conference 2015 -

Thank you for attending the R&D Management Conference 2015 in Pisa
See you next year in Cambridge

335 people registered have attendend the conference, from 38 different countries




Pisa,  23-26 June
Istituto di Management, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, PISA, ITALY


Welcome to the R&D Management Conference 2015!

(Fast?) Connecting R&D was first suggested as a conference topic by Prof. Stan Metcalfe and was then developed by Prof. Phil Shapira. The conference team from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna acknowledges both of them for their valuable inspiration.

(Fast?) Connecting R&D is a multifaceted and extremely hot topic for both practitioners and academics working in the broad field of innovation management. Our aim is to encourage these two communities to present joint contributions at the 2015 R&D Management Conference in Pisa in order to better understand the present and future scenarios.

(Fast?) Connecting R&D broadly refers to the huge number of situations, tools, solutions, policies etc. in which R&D activities are involved together with other kinds of activities, competencies and organisations on a global basis, with a significant societal impact. The following list is only a starting point for the 2015 R&D Management conference programme, whose iconic symbol is the “connecting the dots” exercise often enjoyed by children and professionals:

- an increasingly crucial issue is to connect those R&D activities that are being carried out in different parts of the world and which may not be in contact with each other. Best performances will be obtained by those organizations which make the best connections: connecting the right part in the right way at the right moment;
- the tools used to identify relevant research results and competencies are being renewed almost on a daily basis. ICT, legal and business model implications of finding and connecting the dots represent a fascinating field of study;
- interactions between public and private research are being reconfigured and old traditional boundaries are becoming increasingly blurred;
- connections between research activities in different scientific fields represent some of the most fertile incubators of disruptive innovations;
- the challenge of making the best use of research results and connecting them to concrete needs in fields such as mobility and health is fundamental for the future wellbeing of humankind.