Anthony Haynes writes: We can think of an engineering research department as a system in which:
- the main input consists of grant funding
- the main output consists of publications, principally in the form papers
In effect, research departments constitute a form of converter: they are mechanisms for converting money into text. For a more detailed explanation, please watch this interview by Dr Miying Yang: https://vimeo.com/204071837.
And what skill is required for both gaining grants and getting published?
Presumably then most research departments ensure that their staff are trained in writing proposals and papers?
In a rational world, that would be the case. But in reality, coverage is sporadic.
A bit like running a football team and forgetting to leaving to chance the question of whether players are trained to kick the ball.