Trends by Function: Innovation and R&D

Each year, Business Talent Group releases our High-End Independent Talent Report, looking across industries and business functions to analyze how business leaders deploy independent consultants, executives, experts, and project managers to complete critical work and meet their goals. Here are the top trends in how leaders in charge of innovation and R&D deployed these highly skilled talent in 2020.

New opportunities often require new skills—ones that aren’t always on staff in corporate innovation and R&D departments. Fortunately, innovation leaders can turn to independent talent for targeted, on-demand expertise, tapping independents for help with everything from customer acquisition to regulatory strategies.

PROJECT CATEGORIES: Innovation and R&D

77% Strategy
16% Operations
5% Transformation
2% Organization

 

MOST IN-DEMAND PROJECTS

Innovation and R&D

Opportunity Assessment

Product Strategy and Launch

Business Processes

Growth Strategy

Planning

 

MOST IN-DEMAND SKILLS

Market Analysis

Project Management

Innovation Strategy

Product Development and Launch

Market Access and Value Strategy

Advanced Analytics

Strategic Planning

 

SAMPLE INNOVATION AND R&D PROJECTS

  • Develop a medical device design control strategy and implementation plan
  • Conduct an opportunity assessment on the commercial potential of new therapeutic areas
  • Design user surveys and analyze data to develop and implement a customer acquisition marketing strategy
  • Create a dashboard to track workstreams and budget across R&D
  • Develop and drive the company’s regulatory strategy
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