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R&D divisions of large multinationals that come up with potential products deemed outside the product/marketing scope of the company... Some manufacturers are also getting rid of their R&D divisions and using specialist subcontractors.
Are you thinking of corporate skunk works? Such work groups are not unusual. Neither are they ubiquitous. Consultants have recommended the creation of such a group either to test internal R&D efficacy/entrenchment, compete with internal R&D output, or liason with SMERD suppliers. OTOH, Web 2.0 evangelism is a more cost effective method of harvesting product innovation. Individuals are easily solicited to participate in "competitions," then bought off.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Mar 11th, 2009 at 08:57:20 AM EST
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