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Forest Service Research - Protecting a Rich Legacy

Science Spotlights Posted on: June 17, 2016
Forest Service Research - Protecting a Rich Legacy is an eleven-minute video that was featured during the Opening Cermony of the 2014 International Union of Forest Research Organization's World (IUFRO) Congress in Salt Lake City, Utah. The video tells the story of America's long history of forest research and management.

Performance management: People, productivity, and careers (notes from presentation)

Publications Posted on: September 26, 2014
The challenge for management is to ensure that the value and impact of people's outputs are greater than the cost of their inputs. Some measurements can include finances, growth, and employee satisfaction surveys. The role of a manager is sometimes that of an an expert and other times as a facilitator/ coach. A manager helps align organizational goals with an employee's individual aspirations.

Continuous improvement in managing R&D: A TQM approach at SkogForsk, Sweden

Publications Posted on: September 26, 2014
Continuous improvement is an imperative process for any organization) even in the R&D field) who wants to stay competitive and alive. Our experience is that the most important ingredients in this process are engagement and participation by everybody) shared visions) and a holistic view of the organization. Structural changes and quick fixes cannot accomplish this.

Intellectual property implications for forestry research managers: Striving for win-win

Publications Posted on: September 26, 2014
Competent management of intellectual property is now a key issue for research managers increasingly driven on the one hand by more commercial approaches to research management) and on the other by the need to enter into partnerships where both inputs and outputs are shared.

Partnerships for optimizing organizational flexibility

Publications Posted on: September 26, 2014
For the purpose of this conference, I was asked to discuss partnerships in general. We will first review the reasons that bring organizations to enter into a collaborative agreement, then provide examples of different types of partnerships, discuss some factors that seem to explain the success of partnerships, and review important points to consider before preparing for a partnership.

Communicating research results

Publications Posted on: September 26, 2014
A research finding is of little value until it is known and applied. Hence) communication of results should be regarded as a natural, integrated part of research) and thus addressed in the research plans from the very beginning. A clearly defined information strategy and operational goals for information activities are needed for successful communication.

Managing the human resource: The challenge of change (notes from presentation)

Publications Posted on: September 26, 2014
How do we, as leaders, get people to embrace change rather than resist it. Getting people to embrace change is what psychologists call having a "superordinate goal." In plain English, a superordinate goal is an attainable vision. When psychologists talk about vision, they mean something that is not more than one to three sentences. It is not a silly mission statement that no one reads and nobody remembers.

Setting and measuring team goals and objectives for improved management of forestry research

Publications Posted on: September 26, 2014
As our world becomes more complex and diverse, many forestry research organizations are responding by adopting more interdisciplinary and collaborative research programs.

Establishing and agreeing on research priorities

Publications Posted on: September 26, 2014
The organizers asked me to share with you my experiences in developing and implementing a process for establishing and agreeing on research priorities in a multi-stakeholder research institute such as Forintek. The mechanism we have in place has been well received by Forintek's membership and certain aspects have been adopted by other research organizations.

Opening remarks of session moderator

Publications Posted on: September 26, 2014
It is a pleasure to be in Quebec City to learn about this very important topic of managing research. We have an interesting panel to share ideas about managing science. They will talk about: Research Priorities; Goals and Objectives; Managing Human Resources; Evaluating Research.