Highly interdependent organizations, different value systems, multiple business processes, and competing priorities characterize the research enterprise. These characteristics create opportunities for the enterprise, but they also present significant challenges. Some of these challenges are inherent in the nature of the enterprise, others reflect trends in the environment and their influences on the way research is conducted. The consequences of these challenges include inefficient resource utilization, missed opportunities to advance science, and reduced ability to garner public support for research.
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