Accession Number : AD0609356

Title :   APPLICATIONS OF THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES TO RESEARCH MANAGEMENT: AN INITIAL STUDY IN THE OFFICE OF AEROSPACE RESEARCH,

Corporate Author : STANFORD RESEARCH INST MENLO PARK CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Vollmer,Howard M.

Report Date : NOV 1964

Pagination or Media Count : 94

Abstract : Investigation was made of ways to apply findings of behavioral sciences research to interests regarding the management of in-house laboratories in the Office of Aerospace Research. The method of the study included collection of data by use of personal interviews, a standard written questionnaire, and review of management records, and also included inputs of information from the behavioral sciences to OAR management during the twelve-month period covered by the study. Findings on research organization substantiate the importance of protecting the integrity of research activities and to differentiate them from development, to maintain a participatory style of leadership, to support methods to translate research findings into rapid utilization, and to assure a sense of continuity in laboratory structure and research programs. Findings on the evaluation of research productivity point out methods to measure the quality of research products, as well as quantity, through examining subsequent citations of publications and the source of original publication. Findings on the recruitment, retention, and utilization of scientists suggest the importance of freedom in the conduct of research as a general incentive related to research productivity and job satisfaction and also indicate the importance of further research to analyze effectiveness of different incentives for different types of civilian and military scientists identified in this study. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*RESEARCH MANAGEMENT, PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT), (*PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT, RESEARCH MANAGEMENT), (*MANAGEMENT ENGINEERING, AIR FORCE RESEARCH), SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH, SCIENTISTS, CIVILIAN PERSONNEL, LEADERSHIP, MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, BEHAVIOR, ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY)

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE