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Models For The Decline of The National Research & Innovation System 


Research Sub-Contractor


Dr. Mohammed Ahmad S. Al-Shamsi

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This brief book highlights the decline of the management models in the national research & innovation system in Saudi Arabia. It also propose several practical management solutions to improve and re-construct the national research & innovation system. Due to the petroleum economic revolution in Arabian Gulf Countries in the last 50 years, this region has a unique and peculiar management structure of their national research & innovation systems. This book adds a value as a contribution to analyze and discover a unique national system from the inside, which is unlike any other national system in the West or the East.

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Researcher is the one who carrying on a creative and systematic work to increase the stock of knowledge of the humanity or to discover a new application to the existing stock of knowledge.

Research Contractor

Research Contractor is the one who conducts the research by someone else through verbal or written agreement without holding any authorship rights.

Research Sub-Contractor

Research Sub-Contractor is the one who conducts the research by someone else and pretending to be the author or co-author. Holding authorship rights without any intellectual efforts is namely research sub-contracting.

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About the Author

Dr. Al-Shamsi worked in the academia for almost 15 years. He got the Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada at age of 29. He has published several peer-reviewed articles in high impact journals and co-invented multiple advanced technologies in the fields of nano technologies, combat desertification, climate change, green solutions, and environmental remediation. He received extensive executive educations in a number of prestigious management schools including Harvard University, Stanford University, University of Oxford, and University of Cambridge.

He held several governmental positions in Saudi research and innovation system as deputy director of research institute and deputy director-general of the general directory of research grants. He held the position of Associate Professor in King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology (KACST).

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"The national research & innovation system is the nation's wealth generator"

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"Ingredients of national economic growth are labor, capital, and the most important missing element"

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"In war times, innovation capacity from the national RDI system is the safeguard of the nation"

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