Hiring And Developing a Team To Improve R&D Functions

Research and development is a multi-faceted endeavor. Universities and global facilities understand that this sector requires not only technical knowledge and skill but excellent management to foster teamwork and interpersonal relations.

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The interpersonal aspect of research and development is seen as a challenge, since most professionals in this sector are often classified as introverted and of a specific personality type. Moreover, teams comprised of mostly strong characters are bound to run into some friction.

These difficulties can be addressed through common human resource paradigms. Initially, putting together a team with great dynamics is arduous. But spending on hiring and development of personnel that work well together would be cost-efficient in the long run. One of the main problems and dreaded outcomes of any university and/or group operating an R&D arm are research projects aborted due to internal problems.

Strong personalities can work together under two conditions. The first is a shared goal. Typically, inherent personality differences are ignored or forgiven when a team is pursuing the same targets. During the interview process, managers should determine how passionate the applicant is about what they would be researching or developing. Personality differences are rarely seen as hindrances to shared dreams and visions.

Second, strong personalities make a great team when the strengths are balanced. That is, each character is strong in his or her specialization, and complements the expertise of other team members.

The key here is balance. Research managers are encouraged to bring in experts of various fields to work together in a single project. Alongside fulfilling a passion for research, each professional would feel respected and acknowledged in his or her field of expertise, reducing any form of competitiveness or feelings of inadequacy.

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It is essential for managers to understand how crucial the concept of a team is in any research and development program.

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Convergence for the Future: Science, Technology, and Economics

Science and technology parks (STPs) bring together many fields in one center. Though it is primarily a research and development facility, STPs also encourage the involvement of corporations, academic institutions and local government. As they are the breeding ground for innovative projects and new products, they are also the venue for economic growth.

University-based STPs have also given the opportunity for science and technology students to have a laboratory where they can continually develop long-term projects while being supervised by experts in the field. With the input of companies, they are also exposed to the business side of their scientific innovations.

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Bringing new discoveries to the marketplace is no small feat with the help of multiple corporations that fund university or government endorsed projects. STPs serve as the hub for all these connections to happen. In the process, these parks create more jobs not exclusive to those in the R&D field. Other establishments such as offices, restaurants, and specialty shops also allow for more people to be exposed to the projects in the tech park. The days of the isolated laboratory is gone.

The convergence of many fields in this generation where connectivity and globalization are prioritized is a wise effort that invests in the new breed of industry movers. As influential institutions are getting involved, the desire to grow a community’s quality of living is becoming a reality.

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Silicon Valley: The Region that Bred Innovation

At the forefront of research and development initiatives for the longest time now are science and technology parks (STPs), which benefit countless students, professionals, and lovers of knowledge from different fields. STPs have furthered the cause of corporate, government and academic institutions, providing social and economic growth.

Looking back to five decades ago, no one probably could have foreseen that the southern half of the San Francisco Bay Area would ignite a revolution of innovation and establish a culture of risk-taking. This is the home of high-quality researchers and engineers, tech startups and renowned companies, and exceptional schools; this is Silicon Valley.

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Early in the 20th century, the United States and the Soviet Union involved themselves in a two-nation Space Race, a competition between two Cold War rivals in supremacy for spaceflight capability. When the Soviet Union inched ahead of the United States following the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957, the latter aimed to gain ground by sending the first person to the moon, founding NASA to ensure it happens.

The need for high-powered components arose, and to fulfill that requirement a firm named Fairchild Semiconductor, located in the Bay Area, began manufacturing the needed parts. Thereafter, massive technological breakthroughs spawned throughout the area, sparking the growth of the hardware, and eventually, software industry, paving the way for computers, mobile phones and Internet to unfold.

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Starting as a small science and technology park, Silicon Valley has since inspired more than 400 other parks across the globe, and with its impactful innovation, has shaped how people live today.

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