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Strategic Innovation Alliances (SIA)

February 27, 2018

 

Welcome to the first blog in the United States focusing solely on the multi-party alliances that generate strategic level innovation: new business models, industry transformation and revolutions in products or services. These multi-party alliances are different that one-one strategic partnerships and often involve companies, universities and governments.

 

We provide information for leaders and managers seeking a single information source about the current trends and most successful methods to design, organize and manage strategic innovation alliances in the United States:

  • Corporate- R&D consortia, innovation supply chain ecosystems,

  • Federal- Innovation public/private partnerships (I-PPP)

  • State & Local- Regional innovation clusters (RICS), science & technology partnership programs

  • Universities- Research and development parks, centers and institutes

We provide information and insights that explain how strategic innovation alliance (SIA) design and implementation creates value. The design and implementation topics we will address include:

  • Charter- Mission with distinction from existing groups

  • Strategy- Method for setting strategy, plans and implementation

  • Membership- Categories with rights and responsibilities

  • Leadership- Mix of corporations, governmental, academic research, standards bodies and investor groups

  • Governance - Executive and legal responsibility

  • Organization- Structure of working teams, administration and specialized functions such as systems engineering or systems assurance

  • Legal Vehicles- Legal vehicle for the organization, membership, intellectual property ownership and cost-sharing benefits, e.g. R&D tax credits or government-cost-sharing

  • Alliance Management- Professional management for alliance implementation including specialists in commercial multi-team management, law, intellectual property, contracting and audits.

  • Alliance Administration- Administration functions including membership management, project tracking & reporting, financial management, intellectual property collection & protection and meetings management (virtual & face-to-face)

  • Financing and Cost Sharing- Mix of financing sources with associated accounting treatment including: direct financing, off-balance sheet financing; government financing (Federal and regional); Federal government cost sharing; standards for Federal cost-sharing recognized for R&D tax credit rather than expenditures

  • Partner Engagement- The best processes for soliciting and engaging partners to secure alignment according to shared strategic goals, technical capabilities, financial resources, operational knowledge, intellectual property interests and cultural compatibility

  • Innovation Management- The mix of research and technology management processes including project tasking, project revisions based on discovery, ad-hoc team formulation, science and standards access procedures, certification access procedures, regulatory reporting formatting

  • Property rights- The mix of property rights including shared patents, copyrights and negotiated background intellectual property rights to be shared or exchanged

  • Tracking and Reporting- The mix of technical, financial and intellectual property results tracking and reporting, including formats that meet corporate, government and non-profit reporting standards

  • Public Positioning- The messaging that is to be presented through a mix of media for public positioning of the alliance.

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