Do engineers and researchers need to know basic business leadership principles? Some universities are saying yes, noting that basic business leadership concepts can help academic researchers and scientists cultivate career experience.

U.S. corporations spend billions each year on leadership and management training, and while the focus has been on business people, some universities are encouraging their engineering and science faculty to enroll in similar training programs to strengthen their human-centered leadership skills as they pursue their own research and mentor students.

When science and engineering faculty members are not schooled in effective leadership, they waste time dealing with lack of motivation and...

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