General Motors, in a bid to save cash and expedite the development of new technology, is restructuring its research and development efforts – but the move is going to be felt in the form of job cuts, especially in suburban Detroit.
As part of the shake-up, GM is reducing the size of the research and development staff based at the GM technical center in Warren by 25% and closing a research center in Bangalore, India. GM officials said the goal of the restructuring is to bring innovations to the market faster.
“It’s very competitive now,” said GM spokesman Dan Flores.
The changes follow a shift in the leadership at the research and development group. Alan Taub, who had been in charge of R&D, was replaced by John Lauckner on April 1, Lauckner will also serve as GM’s chief technical officer, GM officials said.
As part of the reorganization, the size of the research and development staff will be cut to 300 from the current level of 400. The research center in Bangalore, which employs 90, will be closed completely and the work now underway in Bangalore will be reassigned to other parts of GM’s research and development network.