Project Management Including Teams

Pharmaceutical R&D can be organized in various ways, taking into account line versus matrix considerations, departments versus teams, decision points, interfaces, and transitions. Some companies have developed strong line management-based departments, such as chemistry, biological sciences, pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism, and toxicology. In these organizations, projects may be driven by individuals within a department, who on their own find collaborators in other departments to move projects forward (department-driven projects, Figure 7). In others, matrix teams are in control, though departments based on scientific discipline provide a home for team members (matrix-driven projects, Figure 8). Team leaders in a matrix organization report directly to the head of research, as well as reporting to their department heads. A hybrid of these two approaches places all of the necessary resources for each project under one person's control, regardless of scientific discipline (self-contained projects, Figure 9). In these organizations, there is no scientific discipline-based department. The project is the department, with the necessary chemistry, biology, and other scientific disciplines all self-contained. The choice of organizational structure is based more on personal preference and experience than on clear evidence that one system works better than another. In the matrix-driven project model,

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Chemistry department staff

Biological sciences department staff

Pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism department staff

Toxicology department staff

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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