From Research To Economic Impact: Building Effective Technology and Innovation Strategies for RTOs

Technology & innovation management, strategy and policy for RTO professionals and policy practitioners.


12 - 13 April 2018, IfM Cambridge





Countries around the world are stepping up efforts to ensure that investments in research and innovation have a positive impact on society and national economies. In particular, there is increasing interest in the services and functions that innovation institutions should provide to foster innovation and support industrial competitiveness. This course will help you to formulate effective technology and innovation strategies in the context of emerging technological trends such as Industry 4.0.


Who should attend

A course for management, strategy and policy professionals from:

  • Technology and Innovation Centres (TICs)
  • Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs)
  • Technology Centres of Excellence (CoE)
  • Intermediary technology and research institutes


This course will help you:

  • Understand the latest concepts, frameworks and tools in technology and innovation management relevant to the work of innovation institutions
  • Gain insights into the latest international trends and policy developments in science, technology & innovation policy
  • Reflect on practical challenges to ensure that the services and functions of innovation institutes responds to societal and economic needs


Course format:

The programme will cover practical technology and innovation management frameworks and tools, including roadmapping, portfolio methods and scenario planning, as well national innovation systems. Practical country case studies, international trends and policy direction will be discussed.


Sessions will be interactive, including a combination of presentations, activities and discussions, suitable for participants from a range of functions and levels.


Course themes

The list below provides examples of some of the topics and activies that will be covered during the course:


The innovation system context of innovation institutions

  • Models and frameworks, actors and connections, key innovation concepts, market failures and why this matters to innovation institutions.

Innovation system dynamics

  • Trends & drivers acting on innovation systems and institutions (e.g. megatrends, market trends, innovation trends, technology / R&D trends).

The role of innovation institutions

  • Sources of value capture and where innovation institutions can help; variety of technological focus and innovation activities; illustrations from selected countries.

Functions of innovation institutions

  • Types of innovation functions and services undertaken by innovation institutions: knowledge generation, diffusion and absorption.

Technology and innovation management

  • Key process frameworks for strategy and innovation in technology intensive industries; roadmapping; scenarios; technology evaluation; portfolio methods.

Roadmapping in practice (group activity)

  • Identify key trends and drivers affecting the work of innovation institutions.
  • Capture common value capture opportunities being enabled by innovation institutions, including types of technologies, products and services.
  • Characterise common innovation functions and services fulfilled by innovation institutions (including knowledge diffusion and deployment functions beyond R&D).

Topic roadmapping in practice (group activity)

  • Outline potential strategies and plans to address intervention opportunities for innovation institutions, considering key enablers and barriers to success.


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Course instructors

Dr Eoin O’Sullivan is the Director of the Centre for Science, Technology & Innovation Policy (CSTI) in the Engineering Department of Cambridge University, UK. Dr O’Sullivan’s research interests include comparative analysis of national innovation systems; intermediate R&D institutes; university-industry partnership models; and emerging technology foresight methodologies.


Dr Carlos López-Gómez is the head of Policy Links, the knowledge exchange unit of the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (CSTI). Carlos has advised various national and regional governments as well as international organisations on the topics of industrial strategy, innovation policy, and industrial development.


Dr Rob Phaal is a Principal Research Associate at the IfM Centre for Technology Management where he conducts research in the area of strategic technology management. Particular interests include technology evaluation, the emergence of technology-based industry, the use of visual techniques for strategy, and the development of practical management tools. Strategic roadmapping has been a key area of ongoing interest, in terms of both research and practice.




Bespoke courses


This course can be adapted to suit your specific needs, and may also be tailored to apply to people at different levels of policy making - from new starters to senior professionals. Please get in touch with us if you would like to discuss this further.


Policy Links


For further information about the areas of expertise and the services offered by Policy Links, please cilck here or get in touch with the team by emailing


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Two-day course: £1,800.00 plus VAT (£2,160 inc.)
Please contact us if you require accommodation for the courses.


A 20% discount is available on bookings made before 28 February 2018. 


A 10% discount will be available on bookings made before 12 March 2018.


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A 10% discount is available if you book to attend two or more IfM workshops at the time of booking.

For any enquiries please contact:

Lisa Barnett
IfM Education and Consultancy Services Ltd
17 Charles Babbage Road
Cambridge, CB3 0FS, UK
T: +44 (0)1223 766141
F: +44 (0)1223 464217


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