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J. Mardon. Some key points to consider in conducting research in the paper industry. In The role of fundamental research in paper-making, Trans. of the VIIth Fund. Res. Symp. Cambridge, 1981, (Fundamental Research Committee, ed.), pp 1147–1151, FRC, Manchester, 2018.


It is wrong to consider that there is anything unique in the conducting of research (and development) in the paper industry. The only difference between this and other industries, is the management attitude which has resulted in the situation described by Ron Allan in his paper (1).

Research demands a combination of the correct organisation, able people, and insight. Insight is a rare characteristic: it is the one that distinguishes “great captains” from mediocre generals.

In managing research for productive ends the rules are the same as for any other management task, but the boundary conditions are different.

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