Academic journal article Research-Technology Management

A Message from IRI's Chairman

Academic journal article Research-Technology Management

A Message from IRI's Chairman

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When RTM's Editor asked me to write about the horrific events of September 11th and their implications for the R&D community, I knew his request would be challenging. Nonetheless, I felt this was an important issue that I had to address.

R&D can, and should, play a significant role in helping to prevent these despicable acts from happening again while at the same time helping the American economy get back on its feet.

R&D has always been the backbone of our nation by proactively adding valuable products and services that result in growing, economically sound corporations. When our companies and employees are healthy, a stronger, generous society results.

As R&D leaders, our strength is that even in volatile environments we know how to think under pressure creatively and clearly. We have been trained to solve problems in a way that gives our customers what they need in a product or service, without settling for compromising tradeoffs.

As we have so recently seen, the most pressing need in the world today is for people to be able to live in a secure environment. The safety and security we had become accustomed to vanished in a few minutes of a sunny New York morning.

Following the tragedy, I saw examples of solutions that were clearly inadequate compromises. For instance, the immediate reaction to the obvious need for better airport security would add hours to the time travelers would have to arrive at the airport before checking in for their flights. …

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