In ALL THE MOVING PARTS AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH: ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE MANAGEMENT we talk about the need for companies as well as countries to use concerted efforts to have all the specific parts moving together.
It is troubling, therefore, to note an article in the WSJ making the case that the traditional prowess of the U.S. in agricultural research (one of the country’s specific parts) might be losing its place to China. Syngenta, the seed and chemical giant owned by China National Chemical Corporation, has begun building a Beijing hub for developing new gene-editing technologies which enable new ways to alter DNA. It is also planned that coordination with research being conducted in Chinese universities will be an element of the process, and that a broader talent pool can be accessed than that available to rival companies like Monsanto and DowDuPont. Syngenta’s CEO, Erik Fyrwald, has said that the Chinese government is very supportive of this type of research. And, for good reason – it’s the bread and butter of bread baskets of the world. If the scenario plays out as China has planned, then the worries of U.S. farmers, academics and companies might be realized and China might actually be the “go to” country for technology in the field – a situation that could potentially limit the U.S.’s access to cutting edge methods. China’s private-sector agricultural research investment surpassed that of the U.S. in 2008. By 2013, China spent more than twice the U.S. total on public-sector research and it is anticipated that the gap has widened since then. Time to saddle-up and start to turn these unfortunate prospects around – Remember: America First!
Organizational Change Management: ALL THE MOVING PARTS – AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH