WAITRO-SIRIM training program to enhance the leadership capacities and boost the performance of WAITRO member organizations.
The “Senior Management Program on Managing RTOs” took place in Shah Alam, Malaysia. The one-week training program was organized by WAITRO and SIRIM with the aim of enhancing the leadership capacity of the participants to boost the their organization’s performance.
The “Senior Management Program on Managing RTOs” welcomed 20 participants from Botswana, China, Colombia, Indonesia, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, and Malaysia. This WAITRO Capacity Development Program was tailored to Senior management officers of RTOs, Government agencies and universities.
Objectives of the WAITRO-SIRIM training program
This program was designed to increase the capacities of participants, who will lead their organizations to sustainable success. Specifically, the objectives were:
strengthening the strategic competencies of RTO senior managers in managing and leading RTOs through sharing of best practices;
enhancing the leadership skills of high-potential managers in RTOs;
providing platform for bonding of senior managers of RTOs;
promoting of co-operative relationships among RTOs especially those in developing countries;
providing future collaboration with strategic countries in the areas of research and technological development emphasizing on Malaysian innovations.
The program used a combination of case studies, interactive group exercises, panel discussions and lectures in which the participants had the opportunity to learn from other organizations, receive immediate feedback from the resource persons and to network with peers from around the world.
This program was especially focused on:
Globalization and Strategic Thinking
Globalization Challenges and Global Competitiveness
Innovation and Change Leadership in a Global Business Environment
Managing RTOs means understanding fast-changing business environment
Several major trends in global business affect the operations of Research and Technological Organizations (RTOs). The fast pace of technical development shortens the time to market. RTOs need to adapt their services accordingly. RTOs must change to face competition in world markets. The liberalization of markets means home markets are no longer protected. The changing demand for research and technology services profoundly affects the operations of RTOs. Demand for better product quality, improved safety and health, environmental protection and sustainable development add new dimensions to technological development. Sustainable production and consumption, climate change, health and food security are now major world concerns.
To stay ahead of competition in this fast-changing and ever-expanding business environment, RTOs must increasingly progress in tandem to sustain their business operations. RTOs must reformulate their corporate strategies and develop new business models to capture and sustain their research operations. They must raise their standard of profitability, efficiency, productivity and quality to enhance their competitiveness. To effectively grow and evolve over time, senior managers of RTOs must develop enhanced skills, knowledge and expertise in order to position their organizations for sustainable value delivery.