The 5I formula for successful staffing of scientific and research organizations

- Professor William Bradley Zehner II, Jacquelyn Anne Zehner, BA

Scientists and engineers create the scientific and technological knowledge to generate societal and individual wealth and related economic growth. The article explores wealth creation, worldwide research and development (R&D) expenditures, US R&D expenditures by business, government, and academic organizations and economic sectors, and profiles the US science and technology workforce including recruiting and compensation costs. The process of recruiting scientists and engineers is profiled. Many technology based companies are currently using artificial intelligence algorithms to assess applicants’ technology knowledge and select the optimal job candidate. Are there non-technical personality traits which are equally important in recruiting scientists’ and engineers performance? What non-technical personality traits should a research and scientific organization assess to decide among position candidates? Five non-technical character traits to evaluate candidates in hiring decisions are intelligence, imagination, initiative, interpersonal skills, and integrity are explored. Specific questions to ask candidates are suggested to investigate each trait.

Professor William Bradley Zehner II, IC2 Institute, University of Texas, Austin, United States – William Bradley “Brad” Zehner II earned a PhD in executive management and leadership from the Peter F. Drucker School – Claremont Graduate University after 20+ years as a global business executive. He was formerly associate director of the IC2 Institute, a think and do tank focused on wealth creation, at the University of Texas at Austin as well as executive director of the MS in Science and Technology Commercialization Program – see at the University of Texas at Austin. Having recently retired after a 30+ year academic career, Brad Zehner is a Fellow at the IC2 Institute – The University of Texas at Austin.

Jacquelyn Anne Zehner, BA, Austin, Texas, United States – Jacquelyn Anne Zehner earned a BA in economics and computational neurosciences from the Claremont McKenna College. Jacquelyn Zehner studied at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China and did research at Harvard Medical School. Jacquelyn Zehner currently works for Facebook and frequently assesses job candidates and trains new Facebook employees throughout the world.

DOI: 10.14611/MINIB.30.12.2018.11
Contact: wbzehner(at), jazehner(at)
MINIB, 2018, Vol. 30, Issue 4

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