The Accenture Institute for High Performance (IHP) is a global research center with teams based in Beijing, Boston, London, Mumbai, New Delhi, and São Paulo. The Institute’s researchers develop and disseminate strategic insights for Accenture and its clients— “big ideas" that executives, economists, and policy leaders can act upon to bring about meaningful change in their organizations. Since its beginnings in the mid-1990s, the IHP has helped establish Accenture as the preeminent authority on how to define and measure high performance, and also on how organizations can become high performers themselves. Under the leadership of its Global Managing Director, Paul Nunes, IHP researchers have developed seminal ideas on such topics as disruptive innovation, customer behavior, leadership teams, rural markets, public-sector innovation, and national and regional economic growth.
Bombardier is the world’s leading manufacturer of both planes and trains. Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, Bombardier has built an extensive and diverse portfolio of winning mobility solutions. Everywhere people travel by land and in the air, a Bombardier product is ready to transport them, making mobility more efficient, sustainable and inviting. From business jets and commercial aircraft, to sleek high speed trains and smart public transit, Bombardier is focused on Evolution Mobility.
Landcare Research is a Crown Research Institute (CRI), one of seven in New Zealand. Landcare Resesarch collaborates extensively with other research organizations in New Zealand and around the world. A key aspect of Landcare Research is their promotion of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Beyond visible programs of good citizenship, CSR reflects values and philosophies embedded in the organization and evidenced in day-to-day activities. As an environmental research institute, the ‘social' aspect of CSR encompasses the full range of stakeholders, local communities including indigenous peoples, the environment, and economic considerations beyond financial statements. Landcare Research’s purpose is to drive innovation in New Zealand’s management of terrestrial biodiversity and land resources in order to both protect and enhance the terrestrial environment and grow New Zealand’s prosperity.
Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middle-ware, storage and virtualization technologies. Red Hat also offers award-winning support, training and consulting services. As the connective hub in a global network of enterprises, partners and open source communities, Red Hat helps create relevant, innovative technologies that liberate resources for growth and prepare customers for the future of IT.
The Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation focuses on large-enterprise innovation, paying particular attention to implementation issues and development of new business models to capture the value of innovative products and services. The center houses the Open Innovation Program, the Berkeley Innovation Forum, a membership organization dedicated to sharing knowledge about innovation challenges and several other programs and conferences.
The Fraunhofer Society was founded in 1949 in Munich and is now Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization. It is a recognized non-profit organization. Some 13.000 employees, predominantly qualified scientists and engineers, work in 57 Fraunhofer Institutes with an annual research budget of over 1 billion Euros. Their research is geared toward people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. The Fraunhofer Society is very interested in making the results of its innovative research public and host lectures and meetings to stimulate the discourse between science and society.