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Randall S. Wright is a program director with MIT's Industrial Liaison Program. He manages the interface between the managements of companies, headquartered in the United States and Europe, and the senior administration and faculty of MIT.

As a program director for MIT, he convenes teams of researchers and faculty members to provide on-going emerging technology intelligence and strategic advice for the world's leading technology companies. He is a sought-after speaker, delivering keynote speeches focused on emerging technology opportunities and challenges, and counter-intuitive insights in executive panels and discussions. Randall draws on extensive experience advising executives on a range of emerging technology areas including digital transformation, big data, robotics, green buildings, water efficiency, energy storage, biofuels, advanced materials, and manufacturing. He provides navigation and recommendations on the emerging technologies and adoption landscapes critical to future business growth, as well as creation, development, and execution of programs of research between industry and MIT.
Randall has been bestowed by Federal President of Austria Dr. Heinz Fischer with the decoration Cross of Honor in Gold for Services to the Republic of Austria for his 'outstanding contribution to the development of relations between Austria and MIT'.
Prior to MIT, Randall was a marketing manager for Pfizer, Inc., a major U.S. pharmaceuticals company. He was also a strategic planning analyst for Pennzoil Company--a Fortune 500 oil and natural resources company. Randall is an invited lecturer at Northeastern University's Executive M.B.A. Program where he lectures on innovation and corporate strategy. His column Innovation Counterculture looks at ideas and perspectives on strategy, organization, and thinking to help executives connect to the world of innovation outside their organizations and he is published regularly in Research-Technology Management, the award-winning journal of the Industrial Research Institute.

#newcreation | the power of open innovation: how does co-creation change the approach brands are taking to innovation?

The world is full of ideas, and companies are increasingly casting their net wider when it comes to innovation. Why come up with concepts and solutions within a narrow team, when you can tap into a global supply of originality? In a world where collaboration is facilitated by increasingly sophisticated digital tools, the benefits of open innovation far outweigh the risks, giving brands the edge in a competitive marketplace.

Watch Rasheq Zarif, Head of Lab1886 in North America, Christopher Peters, Head of Business Strategy at jovoto, and Randall Wright, Program Director at MIT, in a panel on 'The Power of Open Innovation: How Does Co-Creation Change the Approach Brands Are Taking to Innovation?'

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