Our formal description: The Management Roundtable (MRT) is the leading knowledge and networking resource for product developers. Practitioner-oriented and unbiased, our focus is on providing actionable information about strategies and processes that enable speed, innovation, profitability, and overall competitive advantage. Founded in 1980, Management Roundtable hosts highly regarded events and provides online content on key areas of product development. MRT’s newest offering, Expert Roundtable, expands our implementation and education services to include affordable, direct access to the foremost innovation experts in a variety of time-efficient formats.
Our informal description: Management Roundtable (MRT) and Expert Roundtable (XRT) are led by Alex Cooper and Jackie Cooper. We’re brother and sister (our dad was an Electrical Engineer – we joke that engineering is in our genes) and have worked together for more than 30 years. We’ve followed every step of the innovation evolution from CAD/CAM to Concurrent Engineering to Open Innovation, and we’ve seen which underlying principles have staying power and which don’t. Same with our Experts, many of whom we’ve known since the 1980s. We know who can truly motivate, teach, and help our customers succeed.
We craft each of our events and products personally. Though we tend to stay behind the scenes, we learn a lot from talking with you at events and on the phone. We understand that many of you are responsible for translating senior management strategy into day-to-day practices. You must manage risk and watch the bottom line, yet move into unknown territory to grow the business. Your role is NOT easy. We know you don’t have a ton of time to learn, you need to get things done. We try to streamline the process for you by sifting the ‘how-to’ wheat from the chaff.
Jackie is the artsy ‘creative’ one. Thinks about vision and big ideas as well as logistical details. She has designed and produced hundreds of events, from webinars to workshops to large scale conferences. With a masters degree in Training & Development, she can create custom learning programs that build superior organizational capability.
Together, along with our board of Experts, we collectively have a wealth of knowledge, experience, and dedication to this challenging but ultimately exciting world of product and new business creation.