Dr. Robert Cooper and Dr. Scott Edgett Biographies
About the Experts
Dr. Robert G. Cooper and Dr. Scott J. Edgett are recognized as the world’s foremost experts in
the field of product innovation. The creators of the world’s most widely implemented
innovation system, Stage-Gate®, their best practices research and resulting methodologies
have led to some of the most important discoveries in product innovation. They were the first to identify
what discriminates winning products from losing products, built the most accurate product success predictive
tool, and first to introduce the concept of new product portfolio management. Their collective works
are considered to have achieved the most powerful impact on performance in product innovation today.
Cooper and Edgett have inspired and enabled business executives and their organizations to create product
innovation capabilities that have generated millions of dollars in new wealth.
Dr. Robert Cooper
Robert G. Cooper is one of the most influential innovation thought leaders in the business
world today. He pioneered the original research that led to his many groundbreaking discoveries
including the Stage-Gate Idea-to-Launch Process. Now implemented by almost 80% of North American
companies, it is considered to be one of the most important discoveries in the field of innovation
management. He has spent more than 30 years studying the practices and pitfalls of 3,000+
new product projects in hundreds of companies and has assembled the world’s most comprehensive
research on the topic. His presentations and practical consulting advice have been widely
applauded by corporate and business event audiences throughout the world making him one of
the most sought-after speakers.
A prolific author, he has published more than 100 academic articles and eleven books, including
the best selling Winning at New Products, 3rd Edition. He is the recipient of numerous
prestigious awards including the Crawford Fellow from the Product Development and Management
Association (PDMA) and the Maurice Holland Award from the Industrial Research Institute (IRI).
Dr. Cooper is a Professor Emeritus of Marketing and Technology Management at the Michael
G. DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada and Distinguished
Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Business Markets (ISBM) at Penn State University
in Pennsylvania, USA.
Dr. Scott Edgett
Scott J. Edgett is internationally recognized as one of the world’s top experts in
product innovation and is the pioneer of portfolio management for product innovation. He
is a high profile speaker and sought-after executive advisor on product innovation. Dr. Edgett
has extensive experience advising large multinational clients in a variety of industries,
principally focusing on issues affecting innovation leadership and capability. He is credited
with helping business executives and innovation professionals successfully implement world-class
innovation processes that have generated outstanding results. His speaking engagements and
professional work have taken him around the globe to work with some of the world’s
best innovators and companies among the Fortune 1000.
Dr. Edgett is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder, with Dr. Robert G. Cooper, of both
Product Development Institute and Stage-Gate International He has spent more than 20 years researching
and developing innovation best practices and working with organizations in product innovation.
He is a prolific author having coauthored six books including the popular ‘Portfolio
Management for New Products, 2nd Edition’ and has published more than 60 academic articles.
Dr. Edgett is a former Professor of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Business, McMaster
University in Ontario and is a Faculty Scholar at the Institute for the Study of Business
Markets (ISBM) at Penn State University in Pennsylvania, USA.