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Increasing the effectiveness of research and development personnel

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Keywords: R&D, research and development, effectiveness, social skills, knowledge management, knowledge sharing, job performance

Research and development (R&D) personnel are a critical source of ideas and competitive advantage for many organisations. The question as to what behaviour skills affect their job performance is an important area of research. A number of studies have looked at the skills and behaviours involved in high performing R&D functions. Previous studies have found that R&D personnel need to be good at:

1. Identifying a problem or an opportunity
2. Collecting knowledge or resources
3. Generating ideas
4. Evaluating ideas
5. Modifying ideas
6. Communicating ideas
7. Implementing or facilitating the implementation of ideas.

R&D personnel are a critical component of many organisations innovation capability and as such their effectiveness, creativity and job performance is often central to the performance of the organisation as a whole.

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