Managed by Tata Quality Management Services (TQMS), the Tata Group Innovation Forum (TGIF) is a vibrant network connecting Tata companies all over the world, stimulating innovative thinking and fostering collaboration and research. The forum organises a number of events and workshops and facilitates interaction between Tata managers, innovation experts and academicians. The TGIF team is headed by R Gopalakrishnan, Tata Sons, as its chairman, and the following senior Tata executives as its members:
- Bhaskar Bhat, Titan Industries
- R Ramanan, CMC
- Rashmi Barbhaiya, Advinus Therapeutics
- R Mukundan, Tata Chemicals
- Satish Pradhan, Group HR
- Murali Sastry, Tata Chemicals
- Bharat Wakhlu, Tata Services
- Avinash Patkar, Tata Power
- Bimlendra Jha, Tata Steel
- Sunil Sinha, Tata Quality Management Services
- Tim Leverton, Tata Motors
- Ravi Arora, Tata Quality Management Services
- Ananth Krishnan, TCS
TGIF regularly invites academics and other experts in the field to conduct workshops and seminars which introduce new innovation concepts and tools and stimulate innovative thinking among Tata managers.
In order to capture and disseminate the learning from various initiatives, the Tata Management Training Centre in Pune and the Group Publications unit at Tata Sons have been bringing out publications that feature innovation case studies from across the world, while also covering the Tata Innovation Missions to the US, Japan, and Israel.
To celebrate innovation and recognise innovators in the Tata group, TGIF organises an annual awards function called Tata Innovista.
Technology and research clusters
Bringing together technologists and researchers from different Tata companies, TGIF undertook a technology mapping exercise, so that companies could gain by sharing their research and technology roadmaps, infrastructure, skills and competencies. Key innovation projects were identified where many companies could contribute.
Subsequently, clusters have been formed, which are successfully working on several collaborative projects.