Managing and Leading

the R&D Team

Pudong, Shanghai, China

June 11-12, 2007

This two day workshop is designed to provide R&D team/group leaders or managers with the practical knowledge and skills required to manage and retain highly trained professionals in the challenging environment of an R&D laboratory. This workshop draws heavily from the more than 50 years of study on the management of technological innovation and R&D management, and from previous participants of Stargate workshops.

Who Should Attend

R&D personnel in the following categories would benefit from this workshop:

  • First or second level R&D supervisors (e.g., Section Head)
  • Scientists, engineers or technologists who are being considered for promotion to supervisory positions
  • Scientists or engineers who take on temporary supervisory roles such as project leaders.

Workshop Outline

What an Effective R&D Team/Group Leader Does

  • Important Management Functions
  • Key Activities of an Effective R&D Manager/Team Leader
  • Factors that Influence an R&D Managers/Team Leader's Behavior
  • Organizational Factors that Support or Inhibit Effective R&D Management

Leadership Styles that Work in the R&D Environment

  • Sources of Managerial Power
  • Overview of Leadership Styles and Their Application to R&D Personnel
  • Characteristics of Good and Bad R&D Team/Group Leaders
  • Dealing With the Ineffective R&D Supervisor
  • Impact of Management Style on Creativity and Productivity

Effectively Motivating Your R&D Team to Be Creative and Productive

  • General Theories of Motivation and Their Application to the R&D Environment
  • Identifying Scientists' Motivational Needs
  • Rewarding and Recognizing R&D Personnel
  • Motivational Tools
  • Actions to Increase Researcher's Motivation

Improving R&D Interpersonal Communication Skills in the R&D Environment

  • Reasons for Poor Communication
  • Eliminating Impediments to Clear Communication
  • Sources of Communications Difficulties in R&D
  • Avoiding Interpersonal and Intra-organizational Communication Problems
  • Resolving Communication Conflicts Between Scientists

Price includes a 100+ page workshop manual

Workshop Director: Thomas E. Clarke, M.Sc., M.B.A.

Mr. Clarke has designed and presented R&D management workshops and courses to scientific personnel from Canadian, Chinese and U.S. government and industrial laboratories for over thirty years, and has been a consultant  to several Canadian government departments on R&D management and intellectual property management.

For information on registration, please contact:

Karen Ke
Business Manager and Operation Manager

Innolab China



Clarke-Reavley Consultants 
707 - 172 Wentworth Drive, Nanaimo, BC
Canada, B3M 0P4
Tel: (902) 420-4201