Innovation is now considered a crucial source of competitive advantage for R&D organizations. Additionally, because innovation is followed by entrepreneurship to secure the technology-market interface, entrepreneurship is also a critical source of competitive advantage. Once creativity is added to the mix of the innovation and entrepreneurship, we have a triad that needs to be combined with effective management strategy to build a framework for a successful R&D organization (or team). In this presentation, attributes associated with each of these three components are described along with ingredients necessary for an effective management strategy. There are also a set of barriers originating from behavioral, organizational culture, corporate policy, strategy and management that tend to slow down or even abort the chain of events from creativity to innovation and finally to entrepreneurship. After an abridged discussion of a list of barriers, particularly internal to the organizations, attributes of innovative organizations are explored and presented.
Dr. Chehroudi, Managing Director of the Advanced Technology Consultants, has accumulated over twenty five years of technical and leadership experiences in different capacities and organizations. This includes such positions as a Principal Scientist and Group Leader appointment at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) ERCInc, a Chief Scientist at Raytheon STX, a Visiting Technologist at Fordís Advanced Manufacturing Technology Development (AMTD) center, a tenured Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Kettering University and University of Illinois, and served as a Senior Research Staff/Research Fellowship at Princeton University. Dr. Chehroudi directed numerous interdisciplinary projects in areas involving chemically reacting flows, combustion and emission of pollutants, sustainable and alternative energy sources, distributed ignition, material/fuel injection, advanced pollution reduction technologies, propulsion concepts, gas turbine and liquid rocket engines, combustion instability, laser optical diagnostics, spectroscopy, supercritical fluids and applications in environmental and propulsion systems, advanced composites, MEMS, nanotechnology, and micro fluidics. He has won many merit and leadership awards by such prestigious organizations as the Society of Automotive Engineers (Arch. T. Colwell Merit Award), (Forest R. McFarland Award for sustained leadership in professional and educational service), and (Outstanding Faculty Advisor), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Best Publication Award of the Year), Air Force Research Laboratories (Outstanding Technical Publication Award), (STAR Team Award for demonstrating world-class combined scientific and leadership achievements), Institute of Liquid Atomization and Sprays Systems (Marshall Award for best publication with lasting contributions), and Liquid Propulsion Sub-committee of Joint Army-Navy-NASA-Air Force (JANNAF) (Best Liquid Propulsion Paper Award involving graduate students), and has been a consultant with many organizations such as, Ford, GM, Honda R&D, AFRL, Honeywell, NASA, AFOSR, VW, Bosch, Siemens, NGK, Cummins, and TRW. Through professional societies, Dr. Chehroudi delivers invited professional seminars on Management of R&D Teams and Organizations, Management of Innovation, and other technical areas. He has a PhD in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (Princeton University), Post-Doctoral Fellow (Princeton University), MS in Mechanical Engineering (Southern Methodist University, Summa Cum Laude), MS in Economics (Swiss Finance Institute, Magna Cum Laude), a member of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Propellant & Combustion Committee, and is an Associate Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Dr. Chehroudi has delivered over 200 presentations in technical meetings and to nontechnical audiences, has more than 150 publications with extensive experience in both scientific and management areas and intensive trainings in finance and financial engineering.