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    Author(s): Paul V. Ellefson; M.A. Kilgore; Kenneth E. Skog; Christopher D. Risbrudt
    Date: 2007
    Source: Forest products journal. Vol. 5, no. 10 (Oct. 2007): Pages 6-13
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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    The ability of forest products research and development organizations to contribute to a nation’s well-being requires that they be well organized, effectively managed, and held to high standards of performance. In order to obtain a better understanding of how such organizations are structured and administered, and how they judge organizational performance, a review of forest products and related research organizations beyond the boundaries of the United States was undertaken in 2004-2005. Ninety-three research organizations were initially identified for review, 40 of which were selected for in-depth examination (located in 23 countries) (Table 1). They were selected in order to: (a) provide a sampling of organizations operating in various countries worldwide, (b) enable review of publicly and privately sponsored organizations, and (c) permit access to a diversity of organizational structures and administrative procedures. The lead administrator of each organization was given an opportunity to review the draft narrative describing the organization. In addition, each lead administrator was asked to provide advice about structural, managerial, and performance conditions that are considered necessary if a forest products research and development organization is to accomplish its mission. Thirty administrators of the 40 organizations reviewed willingly provided commentaries.

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    Ellefson, Paul V.; Kilgore, M.A.; Skog, Kenneth E.; Risbrudt, Christopher D. 2007. Forest products research and development organizations : organization, governance, and measures of performance in a worldwide setting. Forest products journal. Vol. 5, no. 10 (Oct. 2007): Pages 6-13


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