Managing and Leading

Scientific Teams

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

February 22-23, 2007


This two day workshop was designed to provide R&D team/group leaders or managers with the practical knowledge and skills required to manage and retain highly trained scientific/engineering professionals in the challenging environment of an R&D laboratory. Material for this workshop draws heavily on the vast literature on the management of technological innovation and R&D management, and from the comments and inputs from hundreds of federal government scientists and engineers who have participated in similar workshops over the past 30years.

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 Team Leader's Behavior
  • Organizational Factors that Support Effective R&D Management

Easing the Transition from Researcher to Supervisor/Team Leader

  • Selecting R&D Team Leaders/Managers
  • Orientation of New Leaders/Managers
  • Training R&D Managers
  • Importance of Mentoring
  • Transition Difficulties to Avoid

Organizing and Managing an R&D Team

  • Positive/Negative Aspects of Using a Team
  • Organizing the R&D Team
  • Selecting Team Members
  • Reward the R&D Team
  • Organizational Actions that Support or Inhibit the Team's Effectiveness

Improving Team Interpersonal Communication Skills

  • Reasons for Poor Communication
  • Improvement Techniques
  • Sources of Communication Difficulties in R&D
  • Avoiding Interpersonal and Intra-Organizational Communication Problems in your Organization

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 and U.S. government and industrial laboratories in the U.S. and China for thirty years, and has been a consultant  to several Canadian government departments on R&D management and intellectual property management.


Group rates available.

Please register by contacting Tom Clarke at (250) 755-3066 by February 13, 2007

Price includes a 100+ page workshop manual


Stargate Consultants Limited
1687 Centennary Drive, Nanaimo, BC
Canada, V9X 1A3
Tel: (250) 755-3066