- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (July 6, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470404124
- ISBN-13: 978-0470404126
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,047,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
RAVI K. JAIN, PhD, PE, is Dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. He has been a Littauer Fellow at Harvard University and a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University. He has published fourteen books, over 150 scholarly papers and technical reports, and has received national recognition for his teaching and scholarly activities.
HARRY C. TRIANDIS is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Illinois. He is the author of eight books, including Culture and Social Behavior, Individualism and Collectivism, and Fooling Ourselves: Self-Deception in Politics, Religion, and Terrorism.
CYNTHIA W. WEICK is Professor of Management in the Eberhardt School of Business and the School of Engineering and Computer Science at University of the Pacific. Weick was named the Neven C. Hulsey Chair of Business Excellence in 2006, and in 2005, she earned Pacific's Distinguished Faculty Award, which is the University's highest faculty honor.
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Managing the Unmanageable - Managing R&D and Innovation is a book that should be read by every engineer and educator employed in R&D labs and academia. The second edition of Managing Unmanageable came at a critical time of my career which has helped me walk through the difficult path of dealing with R&D management issues (as head of two research organizations at a university level) while working as a full-time professor with a large research group of my own.
Chapters 5, 6, 7, 9, and 10 present issues that I face quite frequently in the organizations I lead. The authors present in-depth analysis of problems and possible solutions. In Chapter 14, the authors highlight the management of technological innovations including commercialization. Small or large, public or private, most universities are gearing up for commercialization of the products of faculty research. Chapter 14 is a timely topic for most faculty members involved in research. Chapter 15 provides an excellent description about universality research. The chapter makes a case for investment in basic research and the linkage between industry and university.
The book can be an excellent desk reference for engineering research managers. Also, the book can be used as a text book for engineering management classes.
Well written by authorities in this field, it provides a comprehensive guide to R&D organization based on their theoretical exploration as well as their management practices. This book can be considered to serve as an instructive tool for research and development organizations, and faculty members, department heads, and research administrators at academic institutions.
Written as a comprehensive guide, this book covers nearly every important aspect in managing R&D organization, from the micro-level management perspective to the macro-level understanding of science policy, from the birth of innovation to technical transfer, from the theory of individual behavior to potential challenges aroused by multicultural cooperation, etc. With the topics clearly developed with a vivid combination of theoretical analysis, models and case analyses, this book is desirable text book for individuals seeking for knowledge about R&D organization management courses.
Based on my over 20 years' experience in graduates teaching and supervision, I would say this book is good for graduates education and training. It is really great to know that this thoughtful and excellent works have been published both in English and Chinese. I am going to recommend my colleagues to use this book as their elective course for graduate's education both in USA and China.
After starting with the basics--including a section, "What is Research and Development?"--the book quickly moves on to provide insight on creating and running effective R&D organizations, examine issues in technology transfer, identify models for innovation, provide perspective on the role of strategy in R&D organizations, and explore how research activities relate to social and economic goals and potential implications for science policy.
Through its extensive review of global trends and recent literature, the book emphasizes providing examples of approaches organizations use to achieve their goals rather than recommending a specific approach. For example, in a chapter on innovation, the book specifically states that "the question is not which model is best, but which model or models best fit an organization's strategic objectives for innovation." This book's readers will be well armed to face the challenges of "managing the unmanageable."