Title: DSM and innovation: a case study

Authors: Emmo M. Meijer

Addresses: Foods R&D, Unilever, Olivier van Noordlaan 120, 3133 AT Vlaardingen, The Netherlands

Abstract: This paper focuses on the process of innovation management at DSM, a Dutch multi-specialty company active worldwide in life science and nutritional products, performance materials and industrial chemicals. Drawing on the company|s impressive history of self-transformation through innovation and the author|s own extensive experience in managing R&D and innovation processes at DSM, the paper addresses such matters as the organisation of R&D and innovation, the development and management of technological competences in a global set-up, the alignment of technology strategy and business strategy, and the role of public-private partnerships in achieving innovation. The paper concludes with a short consideration of new horizons for innovation in the life sciences and material sciences.

Keywords: innovation; research and development; core competences; competence management; global virtual laboratory; technology strategy; public-private partnerships; venturing; life sciences; material sciences.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2006.009459

International Journal of Technology Management, 2006 Vol.34 No.3/4, pp.260 - 277

Published online: 03 Apr 2006 *

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