Leading Science and Technology-Based Organizations : Mastering the Fundamentals of Personal, Managerial, and Executive Leadership book cover
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Leading Science and Technology-Based Organizations
Mastering the Fundamentals of Personal, Managerial, and Executive Leadership

ISBN 9780815393702
Published August 30, 2018 by CRC Press
212 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Although there have been thousands of books written on business leadership and management, including many outstanding contributions by CEOs and academics, very few have specifically addressed the unique challenge of leading and managing technical organizations. Leading Science and Technology-Based Organizations will be the first book written that presents a practical framework for leading, managing and coaching throughout one’s technical career by translating fundamental leadership principles into language and examples that S&T professionals can better understand, appreciate and implement. The purpose of the book is to augment scientists' and engineers' considerable technical skills by teaching them how to sell their ideas, manage their technical projects, and lead technical teams; ultimately to create business and societal value from science.


  • Organized around an introduction and three parts, to best address management and leadership development in technical organizations and the crucial nontechnical skills needed by managers who come from highly technical backgrounds.
  • Presents an innovative leadership framework in the Introduction—The Performance Trilogy®—that underpins the remainder of the book.

  • Focuses on personal leadership in Part 1, showing how the best managers lead by example, and through the perspective of life-long learning.
  • Explains the transition from individual performer to manager in Part 2, and the vitally important mindset change from "me" to "we".
  • Emphasizes the key executive responsibility of creating economic and societal value from science in Part 3 by managing the nexus of science and business.

Table of Contents

Introduction. The Role of Research and Development. A Leadership Framework. Are you Ready to Lead? Leadership Attributes. Leading R&D Organizations. Leading the Strategy. Managing the Execution. Coaching the Leadership. Putting it all Together.

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Dr. Anthony Graffeo’s experience in managing technology at all levels over a 40-year span makes him uniquely qualified to teach R&D leadership. He's lectured to over 1,000 scientists and engineers on three continents on managing research and currently serves as coach for R&D executives. Dr. Graffeo earned his Ph.D from Northeastern University, and was hired by Battelle Memorial Institute, where he seved as Chemistry Section Manager and Department Manager, and Laboratory Director of Battelle’s Marine Science laboratory. He gained a reputation as a "turnaround" specialist" for fixing troubled R&D initiatives, and gained valuable experience in the business of contract research, and selling research to the U.S. Government. Arthur D. Little Associates then recruited him to be the Vice President and Managing Director of Life Sciences and Environmental Science and Technology where he managed a staff of 150 scientists and engineers in the Life Sciences and Environmental Science and Technology business segment, he was responsible for environmental technology, pollution prevention, environmental monitoring and assessment, bioremediation, oil spill prevention and response, and environmental forensics. He then formed Biodevelopment Laboratories to serve the emerging biotech industry - the company was later acqired by Genzyme. He then returned to Battelle to head up operations in Latin America and Europe, and have corporate responsibility for Battelle’s Environmental and Agricultural Product Registration laboratory operations. in Geneva, Switzerland and the UK. Upon his retirement from Battelle in 2007, he became a consultant for the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) and Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science (KFAS) to implement and develop a transformational science, technology and innovation strategy for the country. Dr. Graffeo is currently founder and president of Graffeo & Associates, a management consulting company guiding technical organizations in the improvement of their critical business processes, including strategy, performance management and leadership development.