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Managing Product Development (MPD)
A 12-day management program for R&D Managers
An R&D manager with the ability to integrate business thinking, technological opportunities, team skills and motivation beyond the formal organization will always be crucial to the competitiveness of a company. The MPD program offers twelve days about strategy, organization, leadership, tools and methods for R&D managers.
As an R&D manager, do you now and then wish that you had explicit processes and methods to improve the productivity of your R&D team? Do you wish that you could better handle the politics of R&D management and not get involved in continuous reallocation of people and resources? Do you feel that you could improve your ability to create a robust development strategy and implement it into the everyday practice?
Running on its 10th successful year, we dare to say that this is Europe's best leadership development program specifically tailored and continuously updated to the changing needs and leadership challenges of R&D Managers. The program targets a multitude of crucial challenges that R&D managers face. For example:
- managing and stimulating creativity and innovation
- project selection, investment allocation and portfolio balancing
- understanding and aligning product strategy, market orientation and customer demands
- managing effective and creative group processes in R&D settings
- R&D leadership
- managing specialists in team settings
- lean product development principles and tools
In the challenging Managing Product Development program you will be given excellent opportunities to discuss R&D matters with colleagues from many other companies. Most importantly, we will provide you with new knowledge and ideas as well as tools and skills to deal with the complex projects and processes in the R&D field.
A word from the Program Director
An R&D manager with the ability to integrate business thinking, technological opportunities, team skills and motivation beyond the formal organization will always be crucial to the competitiveness of a company.
As an R&D manager, do you now and then wish that you had explicit processes and methods to improve the productivity of your R&D team? Do you feel that you could improve your ability to create a robust development strategy and implement it into the everyday practice? Believe us, you are not alone.
These are the always relevant topics for R&D managers. To ensure that their companies remain competitive, managers in R&D organizations need to successfully integrate the development process with other functions such as marketing, purchasing and production. They also have to actively involve suppliers and partners in the development process through open innovation approaches. Crucial to these integration efforts will be the manager’s ability to integrate thinking, knowledge, creativity and motivation beyond the mere formal organization.
As R&D manager, you can in most cases rely on your experience, and rightly so. But sometimes you need to get professional input from outside your company and you want to discuss some key issues with your peers. They, too, face the same problems and situations.
In this challenging 12-day Managing Product Development program (MPD) you will be given excellent opportunities to discuss R&D matters with colleagues from many other companies. Most importantly, we will provide you with new knowledge and ideas as well as tools and skills to deal with the complex projects and processes in the R&D field.
Welcome to join the MPD program!
MAGNUS PERSSON Program Director
Magnus Persson is Head of the division of Operations Management at Chalmers University of Technology. Magnus holds a Ph.D. in Operations Management and his key research interests are in the areas of platform development and modularization strategies. Focus is on how companies should implement, organize and design product development processes to support these strategies. The research involves companies such as Alfa Laval, Getinge, Tetra Pak, Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks. Since 2000, Magnus Persson has directed numerous management development programs for R&D managers.
Key benefits for participants and organizations
The simple truth behind a program of this quality is that what is good for you is good for your company. The aim of the Managing Product Development program is to give you knowledge and tools to help your company meet the demands of fast and cost-effective product development. As a participant you will benefit from contributions in many areas. Some examples:
- You will learn how to better listen to the voice of the customer and how to effectively involve customer demands in R&D processes.
- You will learn how to evaluate project portfolios and establish R&D priorities.
- You will improve your R&D leadership abilities and your change management skills.
- You will learn the key principles and tools for lean product development.
- You will learn how to manage effective and creative group processes and to improve the productivity of your team.
- You will learn to manage supplier involvement in development and to apply open innovation strategies.
The Managing Product Development program is an ambitious 12-day program for experienced R&D managers. Program contents cover R&D strategy and organization, tools and methods for efficient product development, and the unique aspects of efficient r&d leadership. The program mixes state-of-the-art academic research results with practical experience from successful companies and their management philosophies. Workshop training and action learning are important and integral features of the program.
The program relies on both research and established practice and offers a mixture of traditional lectures and exercises, combined with reflection and discussion sessions. It is designed so that participants are given opportunities to reflect and apply knowledge gained to their own work and experiences, through reflection exercises and mini-cases. Furthermore, the program rests on the premise that knowledge is best created in dynamic cooperation, typically illustrated in cross-company assignments for learning and experience sharing.
Module 1: R&D strategy
A robust R&D strategy aligned to the firm’s overall business strategy is a prerequisite for effective long-term R&D. When this is in place, you will have a foundation for a roadmap detailing what to develop and when to do it. This will also give you input on how you ought to organize the future development work in an efficient manner. Accordingly the first module deal with matters related to the alignment of R&D operations to technology and business strategy. We will cover the following topics:
- Technology development and product development – the importance of strategic fit
- Techno-economic trends and implications for R&D
- Business strategy and R&D management
- Innovation management and entrepreneurship
- Project selection, investment allocation and portfolio balancing
- Open innovation
Module 2: Organization, processes and methods for efficient R&D
A high-performing R&D organization is characterized by continuously improving the key processes. In this module we will address several of those key processes. You will experience some of the current best practices in the different areas as well as the latest research findings regarding how to manage customer input in early stages of development, how to create a learning culture and how to apply lean principles. Accordingly, we will address the following key processes and methods:
- Organizing product development
- Knowledge management – create learning in teams
- Lean product development principles and tools
- Product platforms and modularization
- Sustainable product development
Module 3: R&D leadership
If you are a leader or a manager in R&D you will most likely face a number of very specific challenges related to the unique nature of R&D work. They may stem from the complex nature of technology, the creative forces of development work, or the motivational drivers of engineers and scientists. In this module we will address several of those challenges with the purpose of providing both insights and concrete solutions. The following topics are included:
- Managing effective and creative group processes in the R&D setting
- Managing the politics of organizational change
- The R&D manager as a change agent
- Managing specialists in team settings
- The R&D manager as a communicator – sharpening rhetorical skills
- Innovation and creativity in R&D organizations
The program is based on the distinguished knowledge resources in R&D management and strategy at Chalmers University of Technology and in our external network of leading international academics, experienced business practitioners and management consultants. The program faculty, with in-depth expertise in different areas of R&D management and strategy, will provide lectures and workshop sessions throughout the program.
Professor Koenraad Debackere, Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium. Expert on innovation management
Dr. Nick Milton, Knoco Ltd, UK.
Expert on knowledge management
Reino Wikmalm, Svensson & Wikmalm, Sweden.
Expert on team dynamics in R&D organizations
Professor Mats Magnusson, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. Expert on R&D strategy and management
Neville Pawsey, Blue Windmill Consulting Ltd, UK.
Expert on product strategy and technology-based marketing
David Loid, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
Expert on rhetoric and positive influence
Dr. Jan Wickenberg, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
Expert on R&D leadership
Richard Granger, independent consultant, UK.
Expert on R&D strategy and portfolio management
Professor Durward Sobek, Montana State University, USA.
Expert on lean product development
Dr. Mats Williander, The Viktoria Institute, Sweden.
Expert om sustainable product development
If you want more information contact Mikael Weimarck.
Phone: +46 31 772 42 00
Mobile: +46 705 21 00 41
Full refund of educational program/course fees will be made for reservations cancelled no later than eight weeks prior to the start of the program/course. Later cancellations incur a cancellation fee as follows:
- 2 weeks or less prior to program start 100% of the educational program/course fee
- 2-4 weeks prior to program start 50% of the educational program/course fee
- 4-8 weeks prior to program start 25% of the educational program/course fee, for educations in the Shipping area: 0% of the educational program/course fee
We are always willing to consider a colleague as a substitute for the original applicant. Cancellation and postponement must be made in writing. Cancellation of accommodation is subject to the cancellation policies of the hotels.