Research and technology Knowledge

Posted April 1998

Special: Managing Agricultural Research

Summary of course contents

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

 Introductory Module 
Module 1
(4 Sessions)
Institutional agricultural research: Organization and management 1. Management: Thought and Process
2. Objectives and organization of agricultural research
3. Organization of international research
4. Organization of national agricultural research systems (NARS)
Module 2
(6 Sessions)
Research planning 1. Principles of research planning
2. The institute planning process
3. Setting goals and objectives
4. From Objectives to an Operational Plan
5. Participatory planning exercise
6. Case study: Planning agricultural research in Mughal Sultanate
Module 3
(5 Sessions)
Organizational principles and design 1. Organizational theories
2. Structure of an organization
3. Organizational design and change
4. Case study: Establishment of a Directorate of Research at Soronno University of Agriculture
5. Case study: Organizational change at Samaru, Nigeria
Module 4
(6 Sessions)
Leadership, motivation, team building and conflict management 1. Leadership
2. Motivation
3. Team building
4. Case study: IRRI Agricultural Equipment Programme: IRRI Management compares IRRI with LDE research institutes
5. Conflict management
6. Conflict management case study: Dr Agadir
Module 5
(6 Sessions)
Managing human resources 1. Recruiting and maintaining staff in the research environment
2. The professional staff
3. Human resources management exercise
4. Performance appraisal
5. Performance appraisal case study: Suzene Kopec
6. Exercise in designing performance evaluation formats
Module 6
(5 Sessions)
Management information systems, computers and network techniques 1. Management information systems
2. MIS exercise
3. The computer as a management tool
4. Critical Path Method
5. PERT and CPM Exercise
Module 7
(5 Sessions)
Financial management 1. Financial management 1: Components and information needs
2. Financial management 2: Planning and budgeting
3. Financial management 3: Project design and implementation
4. Case study: Faro Arroya
5. Generating funds through consulting as an institutional activity, + case study: Food Technology Research Institute of Dongal
Module 8
(1 Session)
Research-extension linkage 1. Research-extension linkage
Module 9
(5 Sessions)
Information services and documentation 1. Scientific and technical information in a developing-country research institution
2. Information as an input to research
3. Information as an output of research
4. Cooperation in national programmes
5. Exercise on barriers to the flow of information
Module 10 Institute evaluation Single session: Institute evaluation

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