Managing and Leading

Research Engineers and Scientists

This two 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
  • 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 or group 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 R&D Team/Group Leaders
  • Training R&D Supervisors/Team Leaders
  • Importance of Guidance and Mentoring
  • Transition Difficulties to Avoid

Team Leadership Styles and Organizing the R&D Team

  • Sources of Managerial Power
  • Effective R&D Leadership Styles
  • Characteristics of Good and Bad R&D Team Leaders
  • Organizational Actions that Support or Inhibit the Team
  • Characteristics of an Effective Team

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

  • General Reasons for Poor Communication
  • Communication Improvement Techniques
  • Sources of Communications Difficulties in R&D


Effectively Managing Conflict in the R&D Environment

  • The Benefits of Moderate Conflict
  • Causes of Conflict Among R&D Personell
  • Resolving Conflict Among Scientists and Engineers

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-seven years, and has been a consultant  to many Canadian government science-based departments on R&D management and intellectual property management.


Dates: October 7-8, 2009

Location: Ambrosia Conference & Event Centre, 638 Fisgard Street, Victoria, B.C.

Group rates available.

Price includes a 100+ page workshop manual


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