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An effective R&D performance measurement system: survey of Korean R&D researchers

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  • Kim, Bowon
  • Oh, Heungshik
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    Without effective performance evaluation, R&D organizations will find it hard to motivate their R&D scientists and engineers: 'How should R&D managers design the performance measurement system most suitable to their own organization?' is a critical question. Based on a large-scale survey covering over 1200 R&D scientists and engineers in Korean R&D organizations, we put forth the following lessons. Although most of the R&D personnel prefer their compensation based on their performance, they indicate that lack of fair performance evaluation system could be the biggest obstacle towards implementing such a compensation scheme. They also suggest that a fair performance evaluation should utilize more behavioral and qualitative measures such as leadership and mentoring for younger researchers, and bottom-up (e.g., R&D researchers' evaluation of their own bosses, say, R&D managers) as well as horizontal (e.g., peers and/or colleagues) evaluation schemes.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Omega.

    Volume (Year): 30 (2002)
    Issue (Month): 1 (February)
    Pages: 19-31

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jomega:v:30:y:2002:i:1:p:19-31
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    1. John R. Hauser, 1998. "Research, Development, and Engineering Metrics," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 44(12-Part-1), pages 1670-1689, December.
    2. Cordero, Rene, 1990. "The measurement of innovation performance in the firm: An overview," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 19(2), pages 185-192, April.
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