What's The Word In The Lab? Collaborate

Research and development are supposed to be the fun parts of business--the free-thinking sectors where ideas are born and nurtured inside wind tunnels, autoclaves, supercomputers, and test tubes. Lately, though, some of the joy has gone out of R&D. Just ask Charles F. Larson, executive director of the Industrial Research Institute Inc. in Washington. "I am frequently in touch with literally hundreds of research directors around the country," Larson said in an Apr. 6 speech to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, "and I can assure you that not many of them are enjoying their jobs very much these days."

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