Dr. Robert G. Cooper is one of the most influential innovation thought leaders in the business world today. He pioneered the original research that led to many groundbreaking discoveries including the Stage-Gate(R) Idea-to-Launch process. Now implemented by almost 75% of North American companies, it is considered to be one of the most important discoveries in the field of innovation management. He has spent more than 30 years studying the practices and pitfalls of 3,000+ new product projects in thousands of companies and has assembled the world’s most comprehensive research on the topic. His presentations and practical consulting advice have been widely applauded by corporate and business event audiences throughout the world making him one of the most sought-after speakers.
A prolific author, he has published more than 120 academic articles and nine books, including the best selling ‘Winning at New Products, 4th Edition‘. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the Crawford Fellow from the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) and the Maurice Holland Award from the Industrial Research Institute (IRI). Dr. Cooper is President of the Product Development Institute, ISBM Distinguished Research Fellow at Penn State University’s Smeal College of Business Administration, USA; and Professor Emeritus, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, Canada.
Bob is the renowned ‘father of stage gate’ and now Agile stage-gate. He is known for his deep expertise in gated processes, portfolio management, and developing winning products. He recognized the need to update old processes with an Agile Stage Gate hybrid model as speed and customer responsiveness demands have intensified. Most importantly he understands the organizational dynamics that make or break implementation. His workshops provide the latest, realistic how-to’s to help companies use Agile methods (from the software world) to manufacture physical products.
“Bob Cooper is an academic with a ‘hard hat’ – his concepts are thoroughly research-based and yet his experience is practical and implementation focused.” —Scott R. Foust, SVP First Data Corporation, USA
“…it has been a long time since I’ve walked away from a course with so much useful information and a list of must dos!” —Chuck Williams, Technical Director, Avery Dennison, USA
“Dr. Cooper has already been #1 in NPD for years and makes excellent presentations. He always comes up with practical solutions.” —Dr Mario G.R.T. de Cooker, Senior Technology Advisor, DSM, The Netherlands
“The professional content of the course is highly relevant and was elegantly presented by Robert Cooper. Especially all good examples and case stories from ‘the real world’ were great!” —Bo Jorgensen, Head of Automotive Product Development, Bang & Olufsen, Denmark
- Portfolio management
- Idea-to-Launch Gating Systems
- Innovation (product, process, technology, strategy)
- Agile-Stage-Gate (9 Articles)
- Best Practices in New-Product Development – The Success Drivers (10 Articles)
- Next Generation Stage-Gate® and What’s Next After Stage-Gate® (12 Articles)
- Bold, Breakaway Innovation (9 Articles)
- Product Innovation Strategy For Your Business (2 Articles)
- Generating Great New-Product Ideas (2 Articles)
- Portfolio Management and Making the Right NPD and R&D Investments (4 Articles)
- Doing It Right in New-Product Development – Building the Success Drivers into Your Idea-to-Launch System
- How a Robust Stage-Gate Idea-to-Launch Process Really Works
- Quick Start Kit
- Self-Assessment Tools
- Phone consultations
- Training/Coaching (inhouse and virtual)
- Custom consulting