It is important for managers of middle market firms, as they grow, to understand that at some point they should begin to structurally separate manufacturing and R&D.
Firms with a narrow product focus can effectively use the same teams for R&D and manufacturing activities, but when they expand their product categories using the same people for R&D and manufacturing, performance in both areas starts to diminish.
There is also another option. Some organizations are specializing, opting to outsource R&D and provide the manufacturing or focus on R&D and outsource manufacturing. Our experts and experienced advisors will help you look at these strategies from all angles so you can weigh the options.
At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:
- Discuss the factors to consider before segregating R&D from operations
- List the pros and cons of segregating R&D
- Relate examples of various approaches to positioning R&D in an organization