Integrating Tools From Business and Industry to Encourage Effective Academic Laboratory Management.
AbstractFor those interested in the pursuit of knowledge there may be no more noble path than that of basic research. In most of the public-sector laboratories that take part in this basic research, a principal investigator hires a laboratory manager to help run the day to day operations of the lab. Yet despite having such a critical role in the laboratory, it is estimated that over half of incoming lab managers aren't equipped with any prior training in leadership or management. This lack of training and resources could have widespread effects on the academic research that is responsible for over 50% of the basic research done in the United States. Through a series of interviews, we determined that public-sector laboratory managers seemed to have the most trouble with time management, fostering consistency, and leadership skills. By speaking with private sector lab managers and surveying the skills and concepts utilized in the business world, we created a list of focus areas and implementation strategies that will help to encourage more efficient and effective laboratory management and prepare lab managers in the public sector for the leadership roles they fill.
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