It can therefore become either a totem for success or an unwanted expense to be minimised at all costs, depending on individual opinion. Those of the latter view will argue that the specialists will always be profligate and not businesslike; those of the former view will have difficulty in knowing how much is necessary or where to focus effort. Neither will perform R & D very effectively.
Let's move the focus to innovation, where it belongs. There were several good examples of innovation in the report, mostly concerning ice lollies. But innovation is about much more than R & D, as Richard Branson and Anita Roddick, for example, have shown. Vision and an enabling organisational structure can assist innovation - in which process R & D may play a part. Who knows, maybe we could even begin to get some handles on competitiveness.
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