R&D Management Training

for Scientists and Engineers

Clarke-Reavley Consultants designs and presents R&D management workshops for scientists and engineers in government and industry. Workshops can also be customized to more closely meet the training needs of clients. The workshop reading material and cases are drawn from the extensive R&D management literature. Class discussion focuses on situations scientists and engineers encounter in the laboratory. Participants are encouraged to bring sample problems for discussion by their colleagues.

 

Managing Scientists and Engineers Training Program

This is a listing of the various R&D management training modules that clients can choose from to develop their own customized workshop that more closely meets the needs of their organization.

 

The following are some of the customized workshops that have been presented by Thomas Clarke through Stargate Consultants Ltd. and Clarke-Reavley Consultants.

 

Effectively Managing Human Resources in R&D This one day workshop was selected by MITACS, Inc. to be presented to post-doctoral fellowship holders in its Elevate Program, in September of 2014.

Managing and Leading Engineers and Scientists This two day workshop was selected by the B.C. Geological Survey for its engineering staff in Victoria. Participants from the federal Geological Survey of Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency also attended in October, 2009.

 

R&D Master Class - Phase One Supervisory Skills, and Phase Two Advanced Skills. This four day workshop was presented in Shanghai in September of 2009 to scientists and engineers from 16 national and international companies from various locations in China.

 

Effective Management and Leadership of Engineers and Scientists This three day workshop was selected by the Alberta Geological Survey for its staff in Edmonton. Particpants from the federal Canadian Forest Service also attended this workshop in January, 2009.

 

Managing and Leading Research Scientists and Engineers This two day workshop selected by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for its staff from across Canada was presented in Halifax in November, 2007. Topics included: What an Effective Group/Team Leader Does; Leadership Sytles that Work in the R&D Evironment; Improving Team Interpersonal Communication Skills; and Managing Conflict and Change in the R&D Environment. In addition to scientific personnel from CFIA, personnel from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Geological Survey of Canada, Milliken Chemical (US) and Ocean Nutrition Canada attended.

 

Managing and Leading the R&D Team This two day workshop was presented in Shanghai, China in May of 2008 and June of 2007 under the sponsorship of Innolab. Topics covered were: What an Effective Group/Team Leader Does; Leadership Styles that Work in the R&D Environment; Motivating Your R&D Team to be Creative and Productive; and Improving Team Interpersonal Communication Skills. Scientific personnel from 14 local and international Chinese companies and the Chinese Academy of Sciences attended.

Managing and Leading Scientific Teams This two day workshop requested by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, was presented in February, 2007 in Halifax. The following topics were presented: What an Effective Group/Team Leader Does; Easing the Transition from Researcher to Team Leader/Supervisor; Managing an R&D Team; and Improving Team Interpersonal Communication Skills. In addition to DFO personnel, scientific personnel attended from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the National Research Council, Environment Canada, St. Francis-Xavier University and Ocean Nutrition Canada.

Managing in an R&D Environment - Phase I and II. This workshop sponsored by Grand Carson Communication consists of two, two day sessions or phases. Phase I was first presented in Shanghai, China in December of 2005, and both Phase I and II was presented in Shanghai in June, 2006. Topics covered in Phase I are: What an Effective Group/Team Leader Does, Motivating Your R&D Team to be Creative and Productive, Growing a Creative and Innovative Work Environment, and Improving Performance Management in the R&D Setting. Phase II topics are: Leadership Styles that Work in the R&D Environment, Managing Your R&D Team, Managing Conflict and Change in the R&D Environment, and Managing Time, Meetings and Delegation in the R&D Setting. Senior R&D managers and research staff from over 30 local and international China-based companies have attended these presentations.

Managing and Leading the R&D Team. This two day workshop was presented in Calgary, Alberta in March, 2006, to research staff from the Geological Survey of Canada, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Topics covered were: What an Effective R&D Team/Group Leader Does, Managing an R&D Team, Managing Conflict and Change in R&D, and Growing a Creative and Innovative Work Environment.

Managing for Creativity and Innovation. This one day workshop was presented twice in the U.S. (2004/5) to scientific staff of DOW AgroSciences, and is designed to provide supervisors and team leaders with knowledge and skills to establish and maintain a work environment that motivates researchers to be both creative and productive. Topics covered are: Effectively Motivating Your Research Scientists and Growing a Creative and Innovative Work Environment.

Managing in an R&D Environment - II. This third presentation of this four day workshop took place in Ottawa, in two parts: October 20-21, 2005, and December 1-2, 2005. Topics covered were: What an Effective Team Leader Does; Easing the Transition from Researcher to Supervisor/Team Leader; Motivating Your R&D Team to be Creative and Productive; Improving Interpersonal Communication Skills in the R&D Environment; Time Management and Delegation; Managing an R&D Team; Improving Performance Management in the R&D Setting and Technology Transfer.

Managing in an R&D Environment. This second presentation of this four day workshop took place in Ottawa, in two parts: September 20-21, 2004, and November 29-30, 2004. Topics covered were: What an Effective Team Leader Does; Easing the Transition from Researcher to Supervisor/Team Leader; Motivating Your R&D Team to be Creative and Productive; Improving Interpersonal Communication Skills in the R&D Environment; Time Management and Delegation; Managing an R&D Team; Managing Conflict and Change in R&D; and Improving Performance Management in the R&D Setting.

Leading and Managing R&D Teams. This workshop was presented in Saskatoon, March 11-13, 2003. Topics covered are: What an Effective R&D Team Leader Does; R&D Team Leadership Styles; Motivating your R&D Team to be Creative and Productive; Improving Interpersonal Communications in the R&D Team; and Managing an R&D Team.

Effective Management and Leadership of R&D Personnel is a customized three day workshop based on our long-running workshop entitled "Effective Motivation and Leadership of Technical and Scientific Staff". Topics covered in this workshop are: Performance Management in R&D, the Role of the R&D Leader, Motivation of R&D Personnel, Leadership Styles and Interpersonal Communication in R&D.

Leading and Motivating R&D Teams is a three day workshop that prepares R&D personnel for the challenging job of managing R&D personnel in a team environment. Topics include an overview of the many functions of R&D team leadership, leadership styles that have proven effective in the R&D setting, key motivators of scientific staff, how to improve interpersonal communication, and organizing and supporting effective R&D teams.

Developing and Managing R&D Teams is a three day workshop that is designed to provide R&D personnel with the skills and knowledge to manage scientists and engineers who are members of a team. Topics covered include when teams are needed, what to look for in selecting the team leader, building the team, team processes, team leader authority, rewarding the team, senior management actions which support or hinder team performance, interpersonal communication skills, managing conflict among team members, and performance management of team personnel.

Effective Motivation and Leadership of Technical and Scientific Staff [:Moving from the "bench" to a supervisory position] is a three day workshop that covers topics related to motivating and providing leadership to creative personnel in the laboratory setting. Topics covered include the role of the R&D manager; easing the transition from scientist or engineer to manager; motivating R&D personnel; R&D management styles and interpersonal communication in the R&D environment. This is the longest running R&D management workshop in Canada.

Effective Management of R&D Personnel is a three-day workshop designed to provide R&D managers with the knowledge and skills required to manage and retain highly trained professionals in the challenging environment of an R&D laboratory. Topics covered include management of change; managing conflict in R&D; R&D teams; preventing technological obsolescence, stress and burnout; and time management and delegation.

Transferring Intellectual Property from Government Laboratories to Industry [Changing the Organizational Culture].  This two day workshop is designed to provide R&D personnel with the knowledge and skills required to effectively work with the private sector and their internal business development/technology transfer office to market and commercialize the output of research and development activities.  This workshop will enable departments to meet the federal government's commitment that the "transfer of knowledge and technology is an explicit objective of federal S&T".

Who Should Attend

R&D personnel who would benefit from these workshops include scientists, engineers and technologists who are being considered for promotion to supervisory positions; first or second level R&D supervisors; and scientific personnel who take on temporary supervisory roles such as project team or group leader.

Managing the R&D Environment for Creativity and Productivity This two day workshop is designed to provide middle to senior R&D managers with the knowledge and skills to develop a work environment that encourages effective selection and development of junior level R&D supervisors, and maintains the creative and productive vitality of the laboratory.

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