From Bench to Boardroom

The R&D Leader's Guide

Authors: Spiro, Clifford L.

  • Provides a prescriptive, in-the-trenches assessment of how to lead innovation more effectively
    Written by an author with extensive experience in various aspects of the R&D world, and two previous publications on innovation to his name
    Addresses both technological and business aspects of innovation

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  • ISBN 978-3-319-64155-3
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About this book

This must-read guide offers a practical and engaging introduction to the ins and outs of R&D leadership. Innovation is a two-trillion-dollar industry, and, on top of the baseline complexity faced by any manager, the R&D or Innovation leader confronts an additional set of challenges.

Armed with years of experience in roles ranging from scientist to Vice President of R&D to founder of his own company to innovation career coach, Dr. Clifford L. Spiro shares his insights on a carefully curated selection of topics. This indispensable playbook covers:
  • Building, managing, and motivating a team
  • Setting schedules and goals
  • Assessing and rewarding project success
  • Working with other departments
  • Legal and intellectual property considerations
Dr. Spiro’s distinctive blend of big-picture strategic thinking and day-to-day, nitty-gritty tips (e.g., Five Great Questions For R&D Managers to Ask Every Time) is essential reading for current and aspiring R&D leaders through seasoned managers as well as anyone at an organization that has an R&D, innovation, or technology transfer component. Providing a prescriptive, in-the-trenches assessment of how to lead innovation more effectively, this book ably equips the reader to anticipate potential problems and to succeed both within the R&D department and across his or her company.

About the authors

Cliff Spiro received BS and PhD degrees in Chemistry from Stanford and Caltech. In 1980, Cliff joined GE’s Corporate Research labs, where he worked as a research scientist and manager for 15 years. His research included projects in energy and fuels, synthetic diamonds, and advanced metallurgical and ceramic coatings. Cliff then went on to lead R&D groups in silicone rubber, halogen lamps, water, paper, energy chemicals, and semiconductor processes. Since leaving the corporate world in 2011, Cliff has written three books about research including Leading Innovation, and has coached several corporate clients in their innovation cultures, people, and processes.

Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • What Do I Mean by “Innovation?”

    Spiro, Clifford L.

    Pages 1-9

  • Can Anyone, and Should Anyone, Lead Innovation?

    Spiro, Clifford L.

    Pages 11-14

  • Do You Have What It Takes to Lead Innovation?

    Spiro, Clifford L.

    Pages 15-21

  • Putting a Good Innovation Team Together

    Spiro, Clifford L.

    Pages 23-37

  • Getting the Right Portfolio Mix of Projects

    Spiro, Clifford L.

    Pages 39-61

Buy this book

eBook $19.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-64155-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $29.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-64154-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
From Bench to Boardroom
Book Subtitle
The R&D Leader's Guide
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Copernicus
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-64155-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-64155-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-64154-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 188
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
Topics