The WAITRO Study on R&D Organizations

  • Pradosh Nath
  • N. Mrinalini


The importance of industrial R&D for technological capability-building cannot be overemphasized. At the same time, because of the various typical attributes of R&D activities, the performance of R&D organizations is subjected to regular scrutiny. One such attribute is uncertainty of return from investment in R&D over a real-time period. How can the best result be achieved from the investment made in R&D? The benchmarking exercise, therefore, has been initiated for the in-house R&D system of companies. Szakonyi (1994) has reviewed such an exercise for corporate R&D systems. Beyond corporate R&D systems, in most countries, governments have played an active role in creating a number of R&D organizations for the promotion of national science and technological capabilities. These organizations are either directly or indirectly funded by national governments. Most of these organizations are facing a tough time in terms of availability of funds and in justifying their effectiveness. Is it possible to revitalize these organizations through organizational restructuring?


Project Team Project Selection Ownership Type Good Organization Nascent Stage 
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  • Pradosh Nath
  • N. Mrinalini

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