Workshop: Advanced R&D Purchasing

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Workshop: Advanced R&D Purchasing


How to establish a successful  R&D collaboration?

Today, companies increasingly develop advanced R&D collaborations with supply chain partners. At very early stages, innovative ideas, new technologies are investigated and tested through collaborative efforts.

The first survey of the EIPM Value Creation Observatory has highlighted that best performing companies involve their purchasing function in scouting for opportunities and establishing early stage collaborations with suppliers.

The purpose of the workshop is to investigate how this can be effectively performed.


We will investigate how purchasing teams:

  • Identify unmet needs and promising ideas at early stages
  • Scout the business environment for new opportunities and partners
  • Establish and deliver advanced R&D collaboration with suppliers
  • Share risks and benefits amongst players
  • Run effective workshops with internal and external partners
  • Engage with start-ups
  • Address Intellectual Property issues

The agenda will include a combination of best practice presentations and interactive sessions to explore what is done across different industries.

As part of the interactive sessions, participants will be expected to share learnings from their own experience.



Dr Hervé Legenvre – Research & MBA Programme Director at EIPM

Laurent Savelli – R&D and Innovation Procurement Director at STMicroelectronics

Loic Perret – Global Commodity Director at Schneider Electric



Time Content
8:30-9:00 Welcome coffee
9:00-10:00 Topic introduction by Dr Hervé Legenvre, EIPM:

  • Introduction of participants
  • Key trends
  • Findings from the EIPM Value Creation Observatory
  • The Dilemmas of Advance R&D Purchasing
10:00-10:30 Open discussion on the topic: All participants will be asked to share their challenges and some recent learning related to advanced R&D purchasing.
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break and Networking
11:00-11:45 R&D Purchasing at STMicroelectronics by Laurent Savelli, STMicroelectronics:

  • Managing R&D Purchasing: Challenges and Solutions
  • Being attractive to suppliers for innovation
  • Collaborating with Start-ups, business angels and the wider ecosystem
11:45-12:30 Interactive session either on the issue of attractiveness or on specific challenges identified earlier in the day.
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:45 Schneider Electric: Collaborative innovation, by Loic Perret, Schneider Electric

  • The innovation process and the role of purchasing
  • Managing Innovation collaborations with suppliers and startups
  • Managing innovation communities
14:45-15:45 Peer-assist session: Some Participants will be asked to share a problem; Other participants will help them solve these problems. This is a very effective and engaging interactive sessions
15:45-16:15 Coffee Break and Networking
16:15-16:45 Lessons learned and Plenary discussion: during this session, participants will be invited to exchange to specific topics not yet covered. This could include:

  • Intellectual Property issues
  • Using Open innovation tools
  • Effective Innovation days

Or exchange on a short case study from EIPM

16:45-17:00 What’s next and Closure


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