April 17, 2014

PDMA Visions

Watch for a new-and-improved Visions magazine!

PDMA is excited to announce that the next issue of Visions magazine will feature a brand new design. The new look and feel of the e-magazine takes advantage of its digital format, providing readers with an improved on-screen experience. Readers will enjoy improved typography and increased interactive features. Visions is now published three times a year and the next issue will be released in May.

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Innovation Management Standard Training Call for Papers: 2014 Annual PDMA Research Forum
Book Review: Breaking Out: How to Influence in a World of Competing Ideas Book Review: Military Food Engineering and Ration Technology
Upcoming Chapter Events Upcoming PDMA Webcasts
Highlight on PDMA International Affiliates: PDMA India Congrats to New NPDP Certified Individuals


Learn to Lead: Innovation Management Standard Training

Registration is now open for the Innovation Management Standard Training! The first truly international public standard of its kind, this training session offers an integrated, coherent view on how for-profits, non-profits and public organizations in any country can become truly innovative - and stay that way! Together, PDMA and the TIM Foundation provide this essential training, equipping all attendees with the core standards documentation, tools and templates, and course materials needed to implement the innovations standards at their own companies . Trainers will be available as additional resources for attendees, even after they have completed the course.

For attendees who pass the course exam and want to take their training one step further, they can qualify to become official certified PDMA and TIM consultants, trainers or auditors. Plus, with their qualification, their organization can also achieve accredited auditing, consulting or training partner status. Once a company becomes an official partner, it can perform consulting activities, and assist user organizations, such as their customers, to also become certified users of the PDMA-TIM's Product Innovation Management Standard. 

The upcoming training event will be held at PDMA Headquarters in Chicago, IL on May 7-9, 2014. For more information or to register, please click here.

Sessions will also be held April 24-26, 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherlands and May 26-28, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. For more information regarding the Canada and Netherlands training sessions, please visit TIM's website.

Deadline Approaching: 2014 Annual PDMA Research Forum Call for Papers

Submission deadline: April 28, 2014
Research Forum Dates: October 18-19, 2014
Research Forum Venue: Grand Hyatt, Denver, CO

PDMA's Annual Research Forum is the premier conference for discourse on new product development (NPD) and innovation research. It is an important forum for intellectual exchange and state-of-the-art research on all aspects of NPD-innovation.

2014 Annual Research Forum's co-chairs, Wim G. Biemans of the University of Groningen and Fred Langerak of Eindhoven University of Technology, invite manuscripts, extended abstracts and working papers/results for poster sessions. The co-chairs welcome papers on all topics related to product innovation and management, including, but not limited to, the design and development of new products, service innovation, customer co-creation, the use of social media in NPD, organizing for global NPD, global launch strategies, inter-organizational collaboration, reverse innovation and sustainable new product development.

Studies using new, innovative and cross-disciplinary research methods besides the traditional methods involving surveys, experiments, and historical data are encouraged. The co-chairs are interested in papers from all academic areas related to product innovation and management, including the disciplines of marketing, operations management, management, entrepreneurship, engineering and design.

Click here to learn more about the PDMA Research Forum and submission guidelines.

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Book Review: Breaking Out: How to Influence in a World of Competing Ideas

Review written by: Beth Dettmer, NPDP

How does the idea entrepreneur go public, break out, and achieve influence?  How can we, too? Breaking Out opens with an explanation of the model and concepts to “break out” and do “something that seems simple, but is difficult:  they humanize and animate their idea” (pg. 10). Many idea entrepreneurs were interviewed by Butman and his team, including but not restricted to Mireille Guiliano, international speaker and author of French Women Don't Get Fat [2004]; Dr. Andrew Weill, a proponent of self-healing who founded an organization with components of not-for-profit and for-profit; and Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS Shoes, a for-profit company created primarily to achieve a public good. 

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Book Review: Military Food Engineering and Ration Technology

Review written by: Carla K. Kuesten

This book review highlights the military's use of state-of-the-art product development and technological innovation needed to optimize physical and cognitive performance against the rigorous requirements demanded for warfighters. Six thrust areas are pursued for rations: revolutionary packaging technologies, novel preservation and stabilization technologies, performance optimization research, new modeling and simulation techniques, food safety and biosensors, and equipment and energy technology.

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Upcoming Chapter Events

Highlight on PDMA International Affiliates: PDMA India

PDMA India's Lecture on "Innovations in New Product Development (NPD)”

PDMA India and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) recently organized a Lecture on Innovations in New Product Development for the students of IIT Madras. The program was held at IIT Madras on March 6, 2014 with over 50 students participating. The lecture was presented by Dr. R. Mahadevan, Group Director (Technology) at India Pistons Limited. It was designed to promote the concept of “Innovations in New Product Development” among students of IIT Madras. Congratulations on a fantastic event!

For more details about PDMA India and its activities, please visit

Upcoming PDMA Webcasts

Hybrid R&D: The Path to Breakthrough Innovation
Led by Mark Adkins, Smart Hammer
Thursday, May 1 at 2pm EST

Interested? Check out an informational session with webcast leader Mark Adkins of Smart Hammer.

Recently Certified NPDP Individuals

Congratulations to the PDMA community members who earned their NPDP certification in March!

Avinash Vijh Nawita, Inc.
Chad Robbins Newell Rubbermaid
Jay Fisher Yellow Dart Inc.
Jy-Shyan Lin  
Pang-wei Chen ASML TW
Thomas Mitchell Kalypso LP