Leadership, Management, and Innovation in R&D Project Teams

Leadership, Management, and Innovation in R&D Project Teams

by Leon Mann


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In today's knowledge-driven business environment, research and development teams face particular challenges as their purpose is to discover and/or develop new concepts, products, or processes; the pressure to perform is intense. A year-long study of 58 R&D project teams set out to identify the factors that distinguish the successful teams from the under-performers. The resulting book argues that a substantial part of a team's success is not dependent on the type of work (fundamental research vs. product development), the institutional environment (corporate vs. public), or even provision of resources—but leadership. Successful team leaders employ a transformational style that inspires and motivates team members to perform at their best; they set clear goals and tasks; they establish an environment of mutual trust and respect; and they are skilled politicians who liaise with external stakeholders—including customers, senior managers, service providers, and regulators—to gain essential support. Integrating insights from the fields of technology management, social psychology, and organizational behavior, Leon Mann and his colleagues present recommendations to assist organizations and management in developing strong team leaders and building innovative teams.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781567203981
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/30/2005
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Leon Mann is Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne, where he is the Director of the Centre for R&D Leadership. Past President of the Australian Psychological Society and of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, he has taught at Harvard University, the University of Sydney, and Flinders University. The author of more than 30 book chapters and 80 articles, he has written five books, including Decision Making and Developing Leaders in R&D.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Stories From the Front Line by Leon Mann

The ARC Study: Design and Method for Studying R&D Teams and Their Leaders by Leon Mann, Paul G. Bain, Andrew Pirola-Merlo and Giles Hirst

R&D Project Leaders: Roles and Responsibilities by Paul G. Bain, Leon Mann, Linsey Atkins and Jeremy Dunning

Transformational Leaders of Project Teams: Who Are They and What Difference Do They Make? by Leon Mann and Nicole Gillespie

How Trustworthy Is Your Leader? Implications For Leadership, Team Climate and Outcomes In R&D by Nicole Gillespie and Leon Mann

Leaders Who Learn by Giles Hirst, Leon Mann, Paul G. Bain and Marinella Padula

The Impact of Team Climate On Innovation In R&D Teams by Andrew Pirola-Merlo, Paul G. Bain and Leon Mann

Communicating Effectively: Five Factors That Promote Project Team Performance by Giles Hirst and Leon Mann

The Effects of Team Size, Tenure and Turnover On Communication Safety and Team Performance by Giles Hirst, Leon Mann and Marinella Padula

Organizational Supports For Innovative R&D by Andrew Pirola-Merlo and Leon Mann

Managing In Tough Times by Leon Mann, Oscar Hauptman, Robert Marshall, and Jeremy Dunning

The Customer by Marinella Padula and Leon Mann

Terrific Teams and Troubled Teams by Leon Mann

Organizations, Managers, Customers, Leaders, and Teams by Leon Mann

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