Dr. Luxsamee Plangsangmas
Dr. Luxsamee Plangsangmas
Dr. Luxsamee Plangsangmas is the Governor of the Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (TISTR)
December 1995 - Master of Science, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida
- October 1989 - Master of Business and Administration, Department of Commerce, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand
- March 1980 - Bachelor of Science, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
- October 1, 2010 – September 30, 2015: Deputy Governor of Industrial Services.
- October 1, 2006 – September 30, 2010: Director of Industrial Metrology and Testing Service Centre.
- April 8, 2003 – September 30, 2006: Chief of the Photometry and Temperature Standard Laboratory, Industrial Metrology and Testing Service Centre.
- January 1, 1997 – April 7, 2003: Senior Officer in the Mechanical Engineering Laboratory and the Physical Testing Laboratory, Industrial Metrology and Testing Service Centre.
Examples of Projects:
- Capacity Building Project - Laboratory Development for REACH, UNIDO
- Capacity Building Project - Fire Science and Technology Laboratory Development, AusAID
- Capacity Building Project – Analytical Chemistry Laboratory Development for testing of food and agricultural products for export.
INSME: How would you define an innovative organization?
Dr. Plangsangmas: An organization that motivates staffs in developing and applying new ways to win the organization's goals, by building the system and environment to support everyone for creating good ideas.
INSME: SMEs environment is changing very fast. According to you, what are the most relevant challenges to cope with?
Dr. Plangsangmas: Highly competitive environment is the most challenge for SMEs, especially when liberalization brings heightened competition. Although the concept of the liberalization will help member countries improve internal processes more efficiently by freeing the flow of products, services and investment, SMEs needs to prepare themselves regarding opening up the countries. Therefore, SMEs need to raise awareness and boost technology and innovation as key factors in maintaining their competitive advantage as for preparing to compete in the globally level.
INSME: Edwin Land said: “the essential part of creativity is not being afraid to fail”. In your opinion, which is the most effective way to stimulate innovative thinking and unleash the creative potential of human resources?
Dr. Plangsangmas: The most effective way is to set a clear goal for staffs and motivate them to find a way to achieve in. Then, the leader needs to encourage staffs that creativity is greatly valued and the leader really supports them. Suggestion, thus, has to be taken closely when staffs come up with creative ways. Otherwise, staffs will reflect it’s a wasted time to think creative idea as that won’t be applied. On the other hand, it is also important to realize that the reason why staffs are not thinking out-of-the-box that is they may be afraid of making mistakes. Hence, staffs have to believe that they will not be blamed for the mistakes or the fails that happen from any effort to develop innovative ways for driving the organization's goal.
INSME: Innovation is about collaboration: how did your organization benefit from strategic partnership opportunities?
Dr. Plangsangmas: Ideas exchange is the best benefit from collaboration among partnership from different backgrounds, experience, etc. We have linkage with the partners in various areas, including marketing related organization, financial institution, academia, and governmental organization to drive the technology for SMEs. The collaboration with them can contribute our technology and innovation enabling to match with the other complementary dimensions, such as marketing, financial access, distribution channel, and manufacturing. Therefore, building collaboration is very effective for supporting R&D organization to drive technology and innovation meet the goals.
INSME: What role can international networks like INSME play to help public bodies, stakeholders and other intermediaries to foster innovation in favour of SMEs?
Dr. Plangsangmas: They provide knowledge-sharing to see things in other perspective, which provide the useful information to support the SME’s competitiveness. They also act as the coordinator to link public and private organizations from many countries, which encourage the collaboration among partnership in relation to innovation and technology transfer to SMEs.
INSME: Let’s play a game
INSME: If I say Cooperation you say…
Dr. Plangsangmas: ...moving forward as a group to reach for the ultimate outcomes.
INSME: If I say Network you say...
Dr. Plangsangmas: ...building relationship and taking action.
INSME: If I say Internationalization you say…
Dr. Plangsangmas: ...go global.
INSME: If I say Intercultural Communication you say…
Dr. Plangsangmas: ...combining the diversity in the team and letting all member play their role productively.
INSME: If I say Innovation you say…
Dr. Plangsangmas: ...positive improving and that can be utilized.
INSME: If I say change you say…
Dr. Plangsangmas: ...doing things better.
INSME: Your innovation motto…
Dr. Plangsangmas: Innovation – Future of Mankind