Research & Development Directors Club Session (iR&Dclub)

April 4, 2012, 16:00 conference

On April 4 Digital October hosted Research & Development Directors Club session “HR & education. How to raise innovative projects manager”.

The aims of the session were:

  • to point out major problems of Russian engineering and management education today, which are faced by heads of innovation and R&D departments at different companies.
  • to get a view at most popular approaches to business and educational facilities communication.
  • to share the experience of participation in different educational and advanced training programs, especially concerning personnel selection for innovation and R&D departments, staff motivation, etc. among the member-companies of the club.

Main speeches:

  • Aleksey Ponomaryev, deputy minister of education and science of the Russian Federation;
  • HR and Education session aims. Anastasiya Baskakova, head of educational programs at the Institute of innovation management NIU HSE, coordinator of HR and Education session.
  • Difficulties of engineering personnel training in Russia. Dmitry Stupin, deputy CEO of JSC RTI Systems Group of companies, Chairman of the club’s board;
  • Business approaches to the training of management personnel focused on R&D and innovation. Andrey Zhvakin, Director of SIBUR corporative institute;
  • Professional requirements to heads of R&D and innovation departments. Yuri Militsyn, head of science communications department of innovation management at Rostelekom;
  • Innovations through partnerships. Oleg Byakhov, head of the business development at IBM Russia and CIS.

Discussion. The main issues:

  • Who is responsible for the quality of engineering and management HR and to what extent: business or government?
  • What are modern students lacking of: money or drive for education?
  • What sort of specialists do companies need for R&D directors – technicians or managers?
  • What are the qualities of innovation projects director?
  • Which one is the easy to manage: Research, Development or Implementation?
  • How to order the training of specialist in certain sphere and whom to order it with?

Session moderator – Ivan Bortnik, chairman of supervisory board of the Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises in Science and Technology, head of innovation management chair at NIU HSE.


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