Research today, in either the public or private sector, is increasingly a collaborative activity where work is, not only distributed between different research units, but it may involve several separate organisations each of which are in completely different time zones. Inevitably therefore, the governance of such complex research programmes will also involve many different parties who each may have different interests and authority levels.
The appropriate sharing and management of information in this context is therefore challenging, but essential for the smooth and efficient running of what may be several inter-related programmes.
Provision of a central system - available anywhere, anytime - allows content in many different formats to be shared and distributed teams to collaborate effectively..
Some general characteristics of a system that are needed to provide such a centralised facility are:
Some specific features relevant to Research Coordination are:
In addition, where such a Research Coordination activity is part of a wider set of processes for the management of Products & Services, the central system can evolve to support the additional Product Development and Product Management activities, as well as being integrated with other functional areas such as Marketing & Strategy, Sales & Support, etc.