Managing Conflicts Between Line and Staff in Interdisciplinary R&D Projects

Eduardo Vasconcellos

in International Research Management

Published in print December 1990 | ISBN: 9780195062526
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854905 | DOI:
Managing Conflicts Between Line and Staff in Interdisciplinary R&D Projects

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During the implementation and expansion of interdisciplinary activities in Brazil's industrial government-owned research centers, misunderstandings arise between the two major divisions of research and development institutes: line and administrative employees. The first category is assigned in the progression of research, while the latter is expected to provide back-up services to attain the tasks of the line personnel. Mutual support between the line and the staff determine the efficient and beneficial realization of the organization's objectives. However, more often than not, attainment of goals is hindered by relational gaps between the two R&D groups. In this regard, 150 participants were asked to give their opinions on—and specifically on the possible causes of—these conflicts. In doing so, company authorities would have ideas on the factors that lead such circumstances, and eventually avoid their occurrence.

Keywords: interdisciplinary perspective; research institutes; line; staff; mutual support; goals

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Subjects: Public and Nonprofit Management

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