It is RADMA’s perception that there is a lack of opportunities for R&D managers to gain support and training. There are many tools and methodologies available to support R&D and much best practice but this is not readily available to those in industry.
We consider that this assessing the availability and need for training might make a good subject for a short business project, perhaps for a masters student.
The aim would be understand better what is available and make recommendations for how training can be improved.
- To explore the options open to RADMA to advance the training and education of practitioners in R&D management.
- To advise if there is market appetite and need for one or more new training courses.
Background and assumptions
- RADMA is an international charity with the aim to promote, advance and educate in all aspects of R&D management
- R&D management is a sub category of management with particular needs and challenges that require specific skills, training, insight and support.
- New managers, mid-career managers and later career managers will have different training needs.
- To assess the landscape of R&D management training and support currently being offered in Europe and elsewhere.
- Understand the different market segments
- By interview or other means, survey a representative group of senior R&D managers for their opinions on the need for training for junior managers and staff including ideas on the style (online, offline etc) and content.
- Prepare an outline business plan for an activity.
Representatives of RADMA will support the student closely, including in selecting and contacting companies.