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  Motorola Scholars with Robert Wolcott
  Former Motorola Research Scholars Shantaram Jonnalagadda '03 (left) and Andrew Bockelman '03 (right) with Rob C. Wolcott, a research fellow in the Center for Research in Technology and Innovation  Photo © Nathan Mandell


Sponsored and supported research

CRTI has conducted sponsored research programs for prominent organizations including Microsoft, Cisco Systems, NCR Teradata and the U.S. Navy. Topics ranged from CIO leading practices at Global 2000 companies to military and network technology management. A small sample of these programs includes:

  • McCormick Tribune Professor of Technology Mohanbir Sawhney and Research Fellow Rob C. Wolcott pursued innovation and entrepreneurship through research topics such as innovation characterization and typology. Their findings reached managers across the globe through the Financial Times and other publications.
  • Mark Jeffery, clinical associate professor of technology, successfully surveyed 179 Fortune 1000 firms on best practices, IT strategic alignment, project portfolio management, and return on investment (ROI), corresponding to $39 billion in IT spending in the U.S. private sector. This research provides the foundation for the Kellogg executive program directed by Jeffery - Driving Strategic Results through IT Portfolio Management - which also prompted the Central Intelligence Agency to transform its IT operations and management.
  • James Conley, clinical professor of technology, in collaboration with Visiting Professor Holger Ernst, successfully surveyed over 200 firms in the U.S., Asia and Europe, examining the correlation between IP management methods and corporate success. Results were reported through the Strategic Management Society and influenced corporate executives and the U.S. Department of Commerce Leadership.

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Ongoing faculty research initiatives

Faculty articles detailing IT portfolio management and global intellectual property strategy have appeared in top academic and practitioner-focused journals. A sample of our larger research initiatives includes:

  • Broadening innovation vision and practice: The “Innovation Radar” (see appendix, “Innovation Radar Research Summary”)
  • Real options and IT portfolio management
  • Sandwich pricing methods in technology markets
  • Longitudinal IP strategy analysis through TM disclosures
  • Global intellectual property strategy
  • Marketing and brands in the new media landscape
  • Network-centric innovation

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Research Fellowships: Motorola Scholars & John Funk Dissertation Year Award

The Motorola Scholars program, founded in 2000, provides two exceptional Kellogg MBA students with the opportunity to conduct in-depth research in technology areas. Working closely with Motorola executives on current innovation programs, they receive ongoing guidance from CRTI faculty. The $40,000 one-year award represents the most generous of all such awards available through Kellogg.

The John Funk Dissertation Year Award is open to any current doctoral student in any accredited academic business program worldwide. The CRTI faculty selects one outstanding candidate for the award and supports his or her research and writing. The first recipient of the award, Ashish Sood, recently accepted a tenure-track position at Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business. Constance Porter, the second recipient, has accepted a role at the Mendoza School of Business at The University of Notre Dame.

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