Involvement and productivity of research and development workers: A case study of a publicly-funded research laboratory

Beena, Kumari and Sangeeta, sahney and Madhukar, A and Chattoraj, I and Sinni, Shipra (2015) Involvement and productivity of research and development workers: A case study of a publicly-funded research laboratory. International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management (previously Work Study), 64(4) . 567 - 589.

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Purpose – The effect of global integration of businesses and interchange of ideas and technology through internet has many facets. Increase in economic recessions and decrease in research funding has forced both private and public sector research organizations to introduce measures of self-sustainability. Enhancing research and development (R&D) productivity of researchers can be one of those measures. The purpose of this paper is to attempt toward identifying and analyzing those factors of productivity that may be related to the manpower in R&D. Design/methodology/approach – Based upon the theoretical background and the nature of data available, this empirical study has been carried out as a case study for a public sector research laboratory. The extent of involvement in research projects have been analyzed with respect to the R&D outputs generated by the researchers, which if found to be positively related, may be focussed upon, for increasing productivity of manpower in R&D. Several other determinants of R&D productivity were identified from the literature review and were analyzed in association with the “involvement.” “Robust Regression” technique was used for the statistical analysis. Findings – It was found that the R&D productivity of researchers has a positive correlation with their extent of involvement in the R&D projects. Practical implications – The result may help in creation of the policies for enhancing organizational self-sustainability. Originality/value – Several prior studies have been conducted with different determinants of R&D productivity but hardly any studies were found considering “extent of manpower involvement in research projects.” This study can be useful for public sector research organizations to relate the findings with their endeavors of enhancing R&D productivity.

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Uncontrolled Keywords:Man-days involvement, Manpower involvement, Manpower productivity, R&D productivity
Divisions:Business Development and Monitoring
ID Code:7339
Deposited By:Sahu A K
Deposited On:05 Nov 2015 13:11
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