1. Disruptive Innovation in Emerging Markets
CTIL collects disruptive innovation (DI) cases from emerging markets like China and India. So far the Centre has already visited and interviewed over 20 companies in China and India, across several industry sectors. CTIL has also invited industry experts and scholars from these emerging markets to share their experiences and findings about DI in their countries. The Centre has developed a framework to select and cultivate potential DI, identified R&D strategies to create DI in emerging markets, and examined the institutional environment where these DIs were developed.
2. IP Strategy
CTIL collaborated with the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) to build local cases to be disseminated to industry and for supporting educational modules in IP management. The Centre also studied how the competitive strategy of Non-Practicing Entities (NPEs) influenced patent market dynamics. So far CTIL has published four cases with IPOS and the IP Academy on the following local companies – Hyflux, Advanpack Solutions, MediaFreaks, and UGS. It also has developed case studies on IP strategies based on the patent portfolios of MNCs, e.g. Qualcomm, Blackberry, Xenomouse, etc.
3. Frugal Engineering
CTIL redesigns product development processes and business models for ‘good enough’ products for emerging markets. It sends students to India and China to learn local demands, bridge the technology gap, and conduct translational R&D projects.
4. Innovation Policy for Economic Development
CTIL studies successful government programmes and initiatives in Singapore. For example, the Centre studied the Agency for Science Technology & Research’s (A*STAR) GET-Up initiative to see how technology is transferred from public to private sector. It has also studied other public funded programs from A*STAR, SPRING Singapore, Media Development Authority Singapore (MDA), and Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) to see the effect of such programs on both the recipient companies and the research institutes. Through such initiatives, the Centre was able to provide timely feedback to government agencies. In addition, CTIL studies the R&D activities of MNCs in Singapore to explore how government, university, research institutes, and MNCs can work together to enhance the knowledge based economy in Singapore.
5. Academic Entrepreneurship
CTIL studies how university researchers and academics commercialize their innovative output. The Centre will follow the teams in the IEL’s Enterprise Development Lab (EDL) programs to document their pre-venture decision making processes and gestational behaviours. It also has plans to study technology commercialization and entrepreneurship in government funded agencies and research institutes.