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We are delighted to announce the publication of Heidrick & Struggles’ R&D leadership in crisis: rebuilding innovation through people.
In this research paper, we explore the thoughts and opinions of 150 senior R&D executives across a range of global pharmaceutical companies. We found that these executives are inundated with multiple tasks and are unable to focus on creating productive innovation cultures. A key reason for R&D project failure, above and beyond safety and efficacy, was weak alignment between R&D and commercial organizations. Startlingly, 60% of executives surveyed stated that they would be interested in considering career options outside of R&D.
We believe that difficult questions must be addressed around the current R&D leadership structures in place, as well as the profile of the next generation of leaders needed to successfully drive the required change.
We hope you find the report to be both thoughtful and provocative. We would be very interested in hearing your perspectives on the issues raised and discussing your thoughts on potential solutions