Management of Research and Development Organizations: Managing the Unmanageable

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This edition has been completely revised. The authors, noted authorities in the field, focus on ways to improve R&D organization productivity and foster excellence in such companies. They describe how to design jobs, organize hierarchies, resolve conflicts, motivate employees, and create an innovative work environment. Features extensive cross-cultural coverage of European and Pacific Rim R&D organizations and policies which greatly differ from the US. Includes an entirely new section on various strategic planning elements unique to an R&D organization along with a case study.

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As our economy shifts from producing goods to producing information, the role of researchers in shaping the future has become immense. The United States alone spends well over $180 billion per year on research and development. Highly trained researchers now span the globe, collaborating from remote locations via new electronic media. These creative, well-educated individuals are often autonomous researchers who share information without an effective centralized structure. How does the manager of an R&D organization integrate the efforts of many disparate individuals into a unified plan?

Management of Research and Development Organizations, Second Edition covers everything you need to know about the R&D process. Here are the management skills and leadership theories essential to generating products and excelling in today's global economy. You'll learn how to design jobs, organize hierarchies, resolve conflicts, motivate employees, and create an innovative work environment. You'll also discover how superior management skills can increase funding, generate profit, and improve the effectiveness of technologically based organizations.

This Second Edition features several new chapters and topics, including extensive, cross-cultural coverage of European and Pacific Rim R&D organizations and policies.

Expanded to incorporate the most up-to-date literature in the field, this edition shows you how to transfer technology and form science policy in a global society. Important new chapters guide you through the university research enterprise--from university/industry linkage to the role of academic institutions in the innovation process--and discuss crucial issues related to strategic planning and diversity in R&D organizations.

Management of Research and Development Organizations, Second Edition is the most complete, insightful book of its kind. Useful for professionals and graduate students alike, the text demonstrates in clear, straightforward prose how good management skills will shape the future.

Praise for the first edition

"I would make this required reading for all my students going into R and D organizations and certainly to all new faculty members. . . . [As a text] I see this book being used in new programs concerning the management of science and technology."--David Marks, Chair Department of Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"A carefully researched book--using an abundant, current and comprehensive group of references. Beautifully written--quite atypical for a book of this type. The result is an entertaining learning experience and a valuable addition to the research manager's reference library."--Roy H. Reuter, PhD, Vice President, Life Systems, Inc.

"Seldom does a month pass that I don't refer to it. This stimulating reference has consistently provided me valuable and specific assistance in leading R&D organizations in the federal government and industry."--J. R. Sculley, Chairman and CEO, Allied Research Corporation

And for the Second Edition

"This enlarged Second Edition focuses on contemporary issues related to: dealing with diversity in R&D organizations, global perspectives in innovation, strategic planning, and university research enterprise. This is a superbly written book and could make an excellent reference and text for related university courses."--E. Lyle Murphree, Jr., PhD, Chairman, Department of Engineering Management, George Washington University

"Provides a superb exposition of the role which social and psychological phenomena play in today's organizations."--Fred E. Fiedler, Professor of Psychology Emeritus, University of Washington, Seattle

About the Author:

R. K. JAIN is Associate Dean for Research and International Engineering and Executive Director, Interdisciplinary Research Centers at the College of Engineering, University of Cincinnati. A practicing engineer and R&D manager for 30 years, Dr. Jain received degrees in civil engineering (BS, MSCE) from California State University. He holds a PhD from Texas Tech University and a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University. Dr. Jain has held teaching and research positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and Cambridge University. He has served as chairman of the Environmental Engineering Research Council, ASCE, and is a member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and a fellow of ASCE. His many awards and honors include the Army's highest research award--the Army R&D Achievement Award. He was also a recipient of the Founder's Gold Medal and named Federal Engineer of the Year for 1989. He has coauthored and edited ten books and numerous research papers.

H. C. TRIANDIS is Professor of Psychology and Labor and Industrial Relations at the Department of Psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He received his BEng with honors in mechanical engineering from McGill University, his master's of commerce from the University of Toronto, and his PhD in social psychology from Cornell University. Dr. Triandis is past president of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the Interamerican Society of Psychology, and the International Association of Applied Psychology. He was a Ford Foundation fellow, a Guggenheim fellow, a distinguished Fulbright Professor to India, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the recipient of an award from the Interamerican Society of Psychology for "contributions to the development of psychology as a science and a profession." He has written and edited ten books.

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