From Bench to Boardroom

The R&D Leader's Guide

  • Clifford L. Spiro

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  16. Back Matter
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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.


research and development leadership Innovation management R&D management leadership R&D hiring for R&D innovation portfolio human resources for research and development measuring R&D effectiveness R&D career guide

Authors and affiliations

  • Clifford L. Spiro
    • 1
  1. 1.SavannahUSA

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