Managing Scientists: Leadership Strategies in Scientific Research / Edition 2

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As any scientist working in today' s research environment will tell you, poor management is more than a nuisance at the edges of laboratory work. Scientists are human beings first, and ineffective leadership will wreak havoc. Labs will get thrown into turmoil, personality conflicts will undermine teamwork, discrimination will isolate group members, and the creativity so essential to truly great work will vanish. To say that leadership quality can make or break a research-driven organization is not an overstatement- it is the conclusion of scientists themselves. Managing Scientists: Leadership Strategies in Scientific Research, Second Edition is the only guide directed at the specific needs of the biotechnology and pharmaceutical research and development industries. It offers practical advice, including real-life case studies, on improving the quality of interactions and fostering creative output in an R& D setting. Moreover, this new Second Edition features primary data from surveys of expert panels of scientists on their perceptions of being led, including: Attributes of leaders that support novel science, particularly being caring and compassionate about those working for them The powerfully negative climate created by ineffective leaders, which stifles not only novel science but also basic collaboration within the lab The crucial importance of dealing with conflict quickly and effectively The need for skills in active listening These scientists also describe their own most difficult problems in leadership, such as: Balancing scientific efforts and administrative responsibilities Dealing withpersonality differences in the lab and between labs Motivating people Communicating effectively In addition to addressing topics brought up by the expert panel scientists, this Second Edition provides a This updated edition provides managers with a practical guide focused on the particular management needs for research and development in

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Editorial Reviews

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"Managing Scientists is a useful lesson for new leaders with limited training or experience." (Black Enterprise Magazine, July 2005)

"…for any scientist who aspires to be a better leader or manager, of either projects or people or both, this book should be a very useful exploration." (Journal of Natural Products, February 2005)

"...a good addition to libraries serving laboratories or other scientific organizations. There is enough new material to justify purchasing the new edition where the first may be on the shelf." (E-STREAMS, January 2005)

"As the career paths of many scientists proceed through the laboratory to leadership and administration positions…this book will provide beneficial insights to these scientists as they progress through the ranks." (Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, October 7, 2004)

"This book discusses the difference between managing and leading, and why it is important to understand the distinction." (Vet Human Toxicology, 46 (4) August 2004)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471226147
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/31/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition.


1. Introduction.

2. Condition of Being Different.

3. Understanding What Motivates You and What Motivates Others.

4. Understanding Your Leadership Style and That of Others.

5. Communicating Effectively.

6. Dealing with Conflict.

7. Creativity: The Influence of Structure, Size, and Formal Systems.

8. Project Management.

9. Discerning and Assessing Organizational Culture.

10. Leading Change.


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