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E-profiling R&D involvement/earnings of researchers: a G2E tool for performance management at CSIR–NML

Beena Kumari (Research Planning and Business Development, CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur, India)
Anuradha Madhukar (International S&T Affairs Directorate, CSIR-Headquarters, Delhi, India)
Indranil Chattoraj (Director, CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur, India)

International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

ISSN: 1741-0401

Article publication date: 12 May 2020

Issue publication date: 29 March 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)–National Metallurgical Laboratory (CSIR–NML) has launched a number of initiatives in different perspectives of e-Government. The “Mandays-Involvement” website was implemented by the laboratory in Government-to-Employee (G2E) perspective i.e. facilitating its research and development (R&D) manpower by providing data with respect to their own performance parameters through a single window. The development and implementation of the website had two major objectives : (1) to provide a system to the researchers for tracking and improving their own performance with respect to mandays and external cash flow generation and (2) to equip the management with a tool to enhance the organizational performance and enable optimum employee utilization.

Design/methodology/approach

Software Development Life Cycle approach was followed for the web-based system development and iterative model was used. Open source web development tools i.e. Php, My-Sql and CSS were used for the system development.

Findings

The new system helped in detailed profiling of current and future assignment of the researchers so as to have a check over preference-based allocation of work and providing equal opportunities of work to all.

Research limitations/implications

The percentage average mandays utilization was stabilized after the implementation of the website. The percentage under and over engagements of researchers in R&D projects was controlled and reduced.

Practical implications

The system outputs are utilized for R&D Team formation, Project approvals and Annual Performance Evaluations.

Originality/value

This new information system acts as a decision support system that helps the management to align its organizational policies toward the Future Research Projects and R&D manpower.

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Acknowledgements

The authors are grateful to Dr Srinivasan Srikanth (Former-Director, CSIR–NML) for the conception of mandays and ECF data profiling as a prospective G2E initiative for the researchers. In addition to this, the authors are also thankful for the continuous support of Dr Srikanth in terms of providing all required resources, during development and implementation of the website.

Citation

Kumari, B., Madhukar, A. and Chattoraj, I. (2021), "E-profiling R&D involvement/earnings of researchers: a G2E tool for performance management at CSIR–NML", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 70 No. 4, pp. 808-833. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPPM-09-2019-0437

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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