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Click here for the 2005 Techno-Business Agenda (.pdf)

Click here for the Proceedings of the 2005 Technobusiness Forum

September 19-20, 2005 , in Atlanta , GA


About the 2005 forum:

Technobusiness -- The term implies a bond between technology and business, an interdependence that drives both to achieve more together than separately. It is a term well-suited to the forest products industry, where research and innovation have driven process improvement and new product development for decades. The 2005 TechnoBusiness Forum (TBF) program was designed around a theme that embraces Open Innovation and Enhanced Platforms for Innovation and how they collectively relate to Enterprise Transformation.

The 2005 TBF program agenda can be accessed by following this link: Technobusiness 2005 Agenda (.pdf).

The 2005 TBF's opening keynote address -- as provided by Dr. Joel West of San Jose State University -- focused on Open Innovation, a concept developed by Henry Chesbrough in his book, Open Innovation; the New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology . Rather than relying entirely on internal ideas to advance the business, an "open" approach to innovation leverages internal and external sources of ideas. And alternatively, as opposed to restricting innovations to a single path from development to market, open innovation inspires organizations to find the most appropriate business oriented organizational model to develop/commercialize new opportunities -- whether that model exists within the organization or must be sought through external support for development, licensing, partnering, and/or venturing.

The second keynote address on day 1 of the TFB was provided by Dr. Bill Rouse, Executive Director of the Tennenbaum Institute at the Georgia Institute of Technology and focused on the role of Enterprise Transformation in today's dynamic business and organizational change environment. Effective Enterprise Transformation is a key to enabling today's organization to meet the new and expanding challenges of tomorrow -- including best ways to consider and incorporate effective approaches for embracing and Open Innovation-based organizational culture.

Following the first day of the Forum's keynote addresses, a CTO and other leaders' panel was convened to represent a cross section of the industry to lead an open discussion with the attendees on current uses and potential merits of Open Innovation in the forest products industry.

Highlighting the second day of the Forum was a keynote address from Dr. Clayton Teague, Director of the Federal National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) which focused on the nation-wide effort to organize and advance an Open Innovation initiative for the domestic Nanotechnology arena.

Attendees then participated in TBF discussion panels designed to highlight the need for and issues around pursuing an open innovation approach pertaining to selected evolving key industry related developmental issues. These discussion panels focused explicitly on the role of open innovation in the development of nanotechnology and biorefineries, and how these technologies can help sustain and grow the industry.

Following the TBF day 2 panels that focused on nanotechnology and biorefineries, Dr. Bill Rouse then led an interactive session with the attendees that centered on the use of new techniques for helping determine and assess value plus assign priorities to and around R&D and innovation programs and initiatives.

The closing TBF session as led by Ms. Kathy Buckman Gibson, Chairman of Buckman Laboratories, addressed the Lessons Learned and Path Forward for the key ideas and issues brought forth during this two day rich content oriented Forum.

For a more comprehensive view of the 2005 TBF materials, please access and review the TBF's proceedings by visiting the Forum's Proceedings web link at: Technobusiness 2005 Proceedings.


Supporting Industry Sponsors:

Albany International   Alfred P. Sloan Foundation   Buckman   

Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal    Georgia Tech

Hercules   Imerys    Jacobs Engineering   Metso

NC State University Pulp and Paper Foundation

Phillip Townsend & Associates    Syracuse Pulp & Paper Foundation

TAPPI    University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation

About the previous edition of the forum in 2004:

Click here for the agenda and presentations of the 2004 edition of the forum

About the organizers of the forum:

The forum was led and hosted by the Institute of Paper Science and Technology (IPST) and the Center for Paper Business and Industry Studies (CPBIS) at the Georgia Institute of Technology and co-sponsored by TAPPI.

About IPST: The Institute of Paper Science and Technology integrated its operations with the Georgia Institute of Technology on July 1, 2003 . Prior to that, IPST was an independent graduate school and research center supported by the paper industry for almost 75 years. Its graduates have a long history of industry leadership and can be found in countries around the world. Today, the Institute of Paper Science and Technology at Georgia Tech -- directed by William “Jim” Frederick Jr. and located in Atlanta , Ga. -- is one of the nation's leading research institutes specializing in the multidisciplinary field of paper science and engineering.

About CPBIS: The Center for Paper Business and Industry Studies (CPBIS) is research led, business focused. It is a globally recognized and industry-valued academic center, creating knowledge and tools that support paper industry decision-makers, and producing interdisciplinary graduates who contribute to the long-term success of the paper industry. The CPBIS is cosponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), and the Paper Industry.

About TAPPI: TAPPI is the leading association for the worldwide pulp, paper, packaging, and converting industry and co-publisher of Solutions! for People, Processes and Paper. Through information exchange, trusted content, and networking opportunities, TAPPI helps members elevate their performance by providing solutions that lead to better, faster, and more cost effective ways of doing business.



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