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The 5I Formula for Successful Staffing of Scientific and Research Organizations

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Scientists and engineers create the scientific and technological knowledge to generate societal and individual wealth and related economic growth. The article explores wealth creation, worldwide research and development (R&D) expenditures, US R&D expenditures by business, government, and academic organizations and economic sectors, and profiles the US science and technology workforce including recruiting and compensation costs. The process of recruiting scientists and engineers is profiled. Many technology based companies are currently using artificial intelligence algorithms to assess applicants’ technology knowledge and select the optimal job candidate. Are there non-technical personality traits which are equally important in recruiting scientists’ and engineers performance? What non-technical personality traits should a research and scientific organization assess to decide among position candidates? Five non-technical character traits to evaluate candidates in hiring decisions are intelligence, imagination, initiative, interpersonal skills, and integrity are explored. Specific questions to ask candidates are suggested to investigate each trait.

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Knowledge Management in R&D Centres, in the Field of Biomedicine, Using Contemporary Information and Communication Technology and the Methodology of Continuous Improvement

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Some sophisticated medical applications, including advanced therapeutics with monoclonal antibodies, stem cells, and gene therapies are currently available in clinical trials. More revolutionary technologies are coming soon and will be marketed by the best technically advanced companies in the world. R&D companies with a much smaller indicator of technological progress and organizational efficiency, but with a great desire to become a major player in this industry, will also compete for a share of this market.

However, in order to become a fixture in the changes initiated, both must constantly learn and be more innovative. In the current market situation, a hypercompetitive economy with the entrepreneurs’ focus on the prosumer , creativity is becoming extremely important in achieving final success. Creativity, which is the result of proper knowledge management, especially in science. The market value of R&D companies and their further future depends to a large extent on the prosperity of knowledge transfer.

The most important role in the process of knowledge transfer is played by information and communication technologies (ICT) and tools for continuous improvement. If companies implement these efficiently and safely, they can develop and benefit from competitive advantages for a very long period of time. Such an approach would give them the possibility of reducing the cost and time to deliver new products to market, and create a new platform to generate innovative products. This is a new perspective for R&D businesses, and a great opportunity for institutions in the biomedical arena to become part of the upcoming bio-revolution.

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The problem of cooperation between science and business

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The innovation rate of the Polish economy is one of the lowest in Europe. Researches indicates that one of

the reasons is the low level of cooperation between science and business.

The problems of cooperation between these sectors stem from the differences in the organizational culture

of both communities. Both environments differ from each other in the perception of defining business

problems, the form of communication, the approach to solving conflicts, the attitude to time and financial

constraints or even the way to build interpersonal relationships. Changing this state of affairs requires time

and patience, working out methods of building cooperation and learning from each other.

The article diagnoses selected reasons of the unsatisfactory level of cooperation between science and

business and proposes recommendations on how to change this situation.

Theses

- The main problem in building cooperation between the science and the business results from large

differences in the organizational cultures.

- The key reasons relate to the issue of differences in communication and building relationship.

- Changing the situation requires changes in legal regulations that should favor projects implemented in

the science and business partnership. However, the key factors are the changes that affect the attitudes

and mentality of the scientific community.

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