The client is a major multinational organization headquartered in France. A global workforce of over 100,000 employees, specializes in energy management, software, hardware, automation solutions and services. The organization’s significant research and product development centres are in India. Constantly changing consumer needs and digital disruption has significantly changed the way in which businesses have to function. In light of this, the organization looked to position their R&D teams as Technology Leaders, moving away from a development-oriented process to a research-oriented process to better serve the changing needs of their customers. The organization aimed to develop R&D Managers to lead this transformation.
The context for R&D Managers has changed significantly, as they need to possess a blend of technical and strategic leadership to forecast what their customer needs and how to serve those needs:
- Be aware of the environment, consumer needs, and the competition’s strategies
- Transform from a developmental to a research mindset
- Infuse innovation into everyday business
- Leverage the capabilities of a multigenerational team
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