Effective Management and Leadership of

Engineers and Scientists


January 5-7, 2009

Edmonton, Alberta

This three day workshop is designed to provide R&D team/group leaders or managers with the knowledge and skills required to manage and retain highly trained professionals in the challenging environment of an R&D laboratory. This workshop draws heavily on the vast literature on the management of technological innovation and R&D management.

Who Should Attend

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

  • First or second level R&D supervisors/team leaders(e.g., Section Head)
  • Scientists, engineers or technologists who are being considered for promotion to supervisory or group leader 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/Group Leader's Behaviour
  • Organizational Factors that Support or Inhibit Effective R&D Management

Easing the Transition from Researcher to Supervisor/Team Leader

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

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

  • Key Motivational Theories
  • Motivating Research Engineers and Scientists
  • Identifying R&D Personnel's Motivational Needs
  • Rewarding and Recognizing R&D Performance
  • Motivational Tools (e.g., Dual Promotion Ladders)
  • Actions to Increase Researcher's Motivation

Managing an R&D Team

  • Selecting Team Members
  • Organizing the Team
  • Rewarding and Motivating the Team
  • Organizational Actions that Support or Inhibit an R&D Team
  • Characteristics of an Effective R&D Team

Improving Performance Management in the R&D Setting

  • Types of Substandard Performance in a Laboratory
  • Reasons for Poor Performance
  • Conducting Performance Appraisals: Why and How
  • Correcting Substandard Performance
  • Dealing with the Disruptive R&D Engineer or Scientist

Managing Conflict and Change in R&D

  • Types of Conflict in R&D
  • Causes of Conflict Among R&D Personnel
  • Resolving Conflict Among Engineers and Scientists
  • Reasons Employees Resist Change
  • Reducing Resistance to Change


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 science-based departments and agencies, and American, Canadian and Chinese industrial laboratories for over thirty years, and has been a consultant  to many Canadian government departments on R&D management and intellectual property management.


Registration: This is a requested workshop by the Alberta Geological Survey who have graciously permitted a limited number of seats to be made available to outsiders.

Enquiries and registrations should be addressed to Stargate Consultants Limited at stargate1@shaw.ca

Fee: $1,500. per person, plus GST.


Holiday Inn Convention Centre
4520 - 76th Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T6B 0A 5
(780) 468-5400

Price includes a 100+ page workshop manual


Stargate Consultants Limited
1687 Centennary Drive, Nanaimo, BC
Canada, V9X 1A3
Tel: (250) 755-3066 Fax: (250) 753-3067
E-Mail: stargate1@shaw.ca