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Increase Employee Engagement by Involving Employees in Your Strategic Planning Process. Situation: Eichstaedt & Lervold (formerly Eichstaedt & Devereaux) is a full-service professional accounting firm in San Francisco. They hadn’t conducted a formal employee survey in several years. The recent changes in the firm's leadership were...

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Novacrea recently helped the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) conduct an organizational survey for its members, who include researchers, graduate students, post-docs, and staff. I caught up with Dan Lauffer, Chief Operating Officer at GLBRC, and Catherine Carter, Operations Process Manager, after completing the survey. Here's our interview, edited for length.

Pi Wen: Could you tell us a little bit about the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, its mission and the activities that your members engage in?

Dan: The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center is one of three biological research centers funded by the Department of Energy, with a mission of conducting basic research that generates technology to convert cellulosic biomass to ethanol.