What Is the Chief Scientist’s Role in Research and Technology Organizations?

Posted November 19, 2020 | Leadership | Technology |
Chief scientific officer
The chief scientific officer — or CSO — plays a key role in research and technology organizations (RTOs), ensuring scientific leadership, setting medium- to long-term strategy, and influencing scientific investment, among other roles. In a recent study, Arthur D. Little (ADL) set out to understand the full scope of the CSO position in RTOs across the globe.
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Gonzalo Libano
Gonzalo Libano is a Consultant in the Technology & Innovation Management practice of Arthur D. Little (ADL). He focuses on strategy, operations, and technology and innovation management, primarily in the food/beverage industry. Previously, Mr. Libano was a con­sultant for A.T. Kearney. He earned a double bachelor’s degree in international business from Lancaster University, UK, and ICADE, Spain. He can be reached at
Ben Thuriaux
Ben Thuriaux is a Partner at Arthur D. Little (ADL). He works across ADL’s Technology & Innovation Management and Utilities & Alternate Energy practices and heads up the Energy practice’s Competence Centre in Technology, Innovation, and Digitalization. Mr. Thuriaux focuses on strategy, technology, and innovation management diagnostics and adapting innovation management best practices; organizational design and change (in energy and… Read More
Philip Webster
Philip Webster is a Principal in the Technology & Innovation Management practice of Arthur D. Little (ADL). He has worked internationally across the healthcare, life sciences, food, agriculture, and chemicals sectors. Mr. Webster’s work focuses on helping businesses set innovation strategy and identify new growth opportunities underpinned by effective science and technology. He also works with the corporate innovation centers and quality… Read More
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