Research - Generational Differences in R&D Leadership Expectations



Annual Meeting 2013 Report

White Paper


The first ever IRI 3-hour Research on Research project (ROR) was completed at the Diamond Jubilee Annual Meeting in Washington, DC in May 2013.  The purpose of this ROR was to identify the differences in leadership expectations that exist between established leaders and emerging leaders.  The specific dimension of leadership investigated was the perceived skillset necessary for leading technical teams and leading a research and development organization in 2028.

The purpose of this gap analysis was to bring to light any differences in expectations with regard to leadership competencies and philosophies across generations.  This report out contains the results of this study, and is meant to be used as a conversation starter between established and emerging leaders.  Leaders can discuss these findings with their supervisors and direct reports and identify how these differences could potentially manifest themselves in their own careers and companies.  Our expectation was that these conversations will enable established and emerging leaders to better understand each other's visions, align those visions and expectations, engage in more fruitful professional development activities, and better position their R&D organizations for leadership transitions.


Sam Deutsch, ExxonMobil
Christopher Wieczorek, FM Global
Dawn Mason, Eastman Chemical

Subject Matter Experts
Corinne Post, Lehigh University
Alan Fusfeld, The Fusfeld Group