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Updated 30 April 1998

Special: Managing Agricultural Research

Ordering the training manual

Cover page | Overview | The manual | Orientation | Case studies | Course content | Training | Programme planning | Ordering the manual

Management of Agricultural Research: a Training Manual (FAO, 1997), was prepared by V.N. Asopa (Professor, Indian Institute of Management) and G. Beye (former Chief, FAO Research and Technology Development Service). It is composed of 10 teaching modules and is designed to be used as a basic resource by national trainers when structuring and conducting their own courses. For a copy of the publication, write to:

FAO Research and Technology Development Service (SDRR)
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00100 Rome, Italy

Structure of the training manual

Introductory module

Research management: a key ingredient - Components of a worldwide agricultural research management programme - Defining FAO's role - Modus operandi - The Manual - Evolution of the training manual - Coverage - Institute management - Pedagogy - User's guide - Design of the manual - Session sheet - Session guide - Instructional materials - Background readings - Recommended readings - Design flexibility - Workshop schedule - Organizing a training workshop

Appendix 1: Management orientation and decision making - Appendix 2: Case method - Appendix 3: Summary of course contents - Appendix 4: Illustrative schedule for a workshop on agricultural research institute management - Appendix 5: Management training - Appendix 6: Planning and management of short-duration, executive development programmes

Module 1 - Institutional agricultural research: Organization and management

Session 1. Management: Thought and process
Session 2. Objectives and organization of agricultural research
Session 3. Organization of international research
Session 4. Organization of national agricultural research systems

Module 2 - Research planning

Session 1. Principles of research planning
Session 2. The institute-level planning process
Session 3. Setting goals and objectives
Session 4. From Objectives to an Operational Plan
Session 5. Participatory planning exercise
Session 6. Case study: Planning agricultural research in Mughal Sultanate

Module 3 - Organizational principles and design

Session 1. Organizational theories
Session 2. Structure of an organization
Session 3. Organizational design and change
Session 4. Case study: Establishment of a Directorate of Research at Soronno University of Agriculture
Session 5. Case study: Organizational change at Samaru, Nigeria

Module 4 - Leadership, motivation, team building and conflict management

Session 1. Leadership
Session 2. Motivation
Session 3. Team building
Session 4. The IRRI Agricultural Equipment Programme case study: IRRI management compares IRRI with developing country research institutes
Session 5. Conflict management
Session 6. Conflict management case study: Dr Agadir

Module 5 - Managing human resources

Session 1. Recruiting and maintaining staff in the research environment
Session 2. The professional staff
Session 3. Human resources management exercise
Session 4. Performance appraisal
Session 5. Performance appraisal case study: Suzene Kopec
Session 6. Exercise in designing performance evaluation formats

Module 6 - Management information systems, computers and network techniques

Session 1. Management information systems (MIS)
Session 2. MIS exercise
Session 3. Computers as management tools
Session 4. Network Techniques
Session 5. PERT and CPM exercise

Module 7 - Financial management

Session 1. Financial Management 1: Components and information needs
Session 2. Financial Management 2: Planning and budgeting
Session 3. Financial Management 3: Project design and implementation
Session 4. Case study: Faro Arroya
Session 5. Generating funds through consulting as an institutional activity. Case study: Food Technology Research Institute of Dongal

Module 8 - Research-extension linkage

Single Session: Research-Extension Linkage

Module 9 - Information services and documentation

Session 1. Scientific and technical information in a developing-country research institution
Session 2: Information as an input to research
Session 3: Information as an output of research
Session 4: Cooperation in national programmes
Session 5: Exercise on barriers to the flow of information

Module 10 - Institute evaluation

Single Session: Institute Evaluation

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