Ensuring technical competency for management of research-focused organizations

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.author Pearce, Joshua M.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-03-05T10:14:51Z
dc.date.available 2019-03-05T10:14:51Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Pearce , J M 2018 , ' Ensuring technical competency for management of research-focused organizations ' Journal of High Technology Management Research , vol. 29 , no. 2 , pp. 172-180 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hitech.2018.09.002 en
dc.identifier.issn 1047-8310
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dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/37015
dc.description.abstract Does a national research-focused organization need a technically competent leader? This study provides preliminary answers to that question using a natural experiment underway at the Department of Energy (DOE): a leader with significant high-level management experience superior to that of his predecessors, but no relevant technical experience was appointed to run the vast scientific research operation. The following hypothesis is proposed: A major risk of allowing technically-unqualified leadership is that an amateur can be more easily manipulated by special interests against the best interests of the nation. The hypothesis is tested by technically analyzing three case studies on proposals from the Secretary of Energy. The results show 1) requests for budget cuts undermining DOE's mission, 2) requests for redundant studies wasting DOE resources, and 3) counter-productive recommendations derived from a misrepresentation of the studies' results, which indicate technical competence is important for DOE leadership. These preliminary results indicate technical competency is important for leaders running organizations that oversee research. Finally, a potential policy safe guard to the risks of extreme technical incompetence is provided, which can be applied to either independent- or politically-appointed bureaucrats. en
dc.format.extent 172-180
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Elsevier BV
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of High Technology Management Research en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Volume 29, issue 2 en
dc.rights embargoedAccess en
dc.subject.other Computer Science Applications en
dc.subject.other Strategy and Management en
dc.subject.other Information Systems and Management en
dc.subject.other Marketing en
dc.subject.other Management of Technology and Innovation en
dc.subject.other 216 Materials engineering en
dc.title Ensuring technical competency for management of research-focused organizations en
dc.type A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä fi
dc.description.version Peer reviewed en
dc.contributor.department Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering
dc.contributor.department Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering en
dc.subject.keyword Bureaucrats
dc.subject.keyword Leadership
dc.subject.keyword Management
dc.subject.keyword Political appointments
dc.subject.keyword Research organization
dc.subject.keyword Technical competence
dc.subject.keyword Computer Science Applications
dc.subject.keyword Strategy and Management
dc.subject.keyword Information Systems and Management
dc.subject.keyword Marketing
dc.subject.keyword Management of Technology and Innovation
dc.subject.keyword 216 Materials engineering
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201903052161
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.hitech.2018.09.002
dc.date.embargo info:eu-repo/date/embargoEnd/2020-11-17

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