Work design in R&D: Time for a change?

Larry Hirschhorn, Dmitry Kulish, Elizabeth Blaylock

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We seem to be fast approaching a bottleneck in post-genomics R&D, brought on by the difficulties inherent in the process of "target validation." One way to speed up the tedious work of target validation is to examine the design of scientific work itself. From what could be learned about work design in drug discovery, it appears that industrial scientists are by and large left to work independently - as in the academic tradition, albeit without the kind of peer review practiced in academic settings. Hence, it might be possible to improve the productivity of industrial researchers by re-creating the culture of a "surgical team" - drawing on the academic peer-review tradition while also making scientists accountable to one another for the quality of their work.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-48
Number of pages5
JournalResearch Technology Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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