My YVC colleague Rachel Or-Bach attracted my attention to an article in the current issue of CACM entitled “how to build a bad research centers”. The author David Patterson from UC Berkeley provides first the negative side — how to build a bad research center, and then turning to the reverse of each premise, building the positive side. His advises for the good side are:
Good Commandment 1. Thou shalt mix disciplines in a center.
Good Commandment 2. Thou shalt limit the expanse of a center.
Good Commandment 3. Thou shalt limit the duration of a center.
Good Commandment 4. Thou shalt build a centerwide prototype
Good Commandment 5. Thou shalt disturb thy neighbors.
Good Commandment 6. Thou shalt talk to strangers.
Good Commandment 7. Thou shalt find a leader.
Good Commandment 8. Thou shalt honor impact.
Some advices to take under consideration. I do believe in mixing disciplines, though its means also mixing cultures which is not always easy. Focus, and short to medium range targets are also key properties.
Last but not least, I also believe in tangible impact, beyond publications, while the impact criteria should be well-defined.
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