Welcome to RND Management conference 2013

Skills for Future Innovation – Implications for R&D Management


Technical and scientific skills are at the heart of the research and development. R & D is knowledge intensive and relies on trained and experienced personnel. Successful development often calls upon designers and specialists in service science alongside the more familiar qualified scientists and engineers during the route to commercialisation. Skill development is central to a firm’s technology strategy. One theme of the 2013 R&D Management Conference is to explore skill needs for innovation, to show how they are changing and consider how personnel might be recruited and trained for future innovation. New forms of research organisation may circumvent skill shortages by distributing specialisms. New types of cooperation between knowledge providers and knowledge users may be needed to foster skill development. The issue is all the more pressing as it is not clear what skills emergent sectors such as graphene, nano or composites might need as they develop in future.

Conference Programme and Networking Events

Pre-Conference Workshop

Manchester Institute of Innovation Research is organising a pre-conference event titled "Sustaining Growth for Innovative New Enterprises".

This event will take place in Manchester on 25/06/2013, the day before the main R&D Management Conference starts.

This academic workshop will present new methods of gathering and analysing data on the strategies of innovative technology-oriented enterprises. It will build on work undertaken by the Project on Sustaining Growth for Innovative New Enterprises, on related projects in the Manchester-Atlanta-Beijing Innovation Co-Lab, and on contributions by other leading international researchers. The workshop will be followed by a round-table forum on innovation systems transformation in China.

Workshop Schedule

There is no charge for the workshop or Forum, but space is limited. Workshop participants are requested to register (please email Siobhan Drugan Siobhan.Drugan@manchester.ac.uk, indicating whether you will attend the morning workshop with lunch or the roundtable forum, or both events).

The workshop and roundtable will be held in the Harold Hankins Building, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK (room details will be provided to registered participants).