Nortel re-focuses global R&D organization

Nortel Networks is restructuring its research and development organization in an effort to shift more work and more types of R&D projects to an existing facility in China. The Toronto-based vendor's Ottawa, Ontario R&D office still will remain its lead R&D outfit, but in addition to expanding in China, Nortel, which has about 12,000 R&D employees worldwide, also has identified nine R&D centers around the world that will focus on two or three core skill areas, and a few other offices that will have a particular R&D specialty. The company did not announce any new layoffs, but is still engaged in a previously announced round of job reductions that reportedly has hit the R&D portion of the company particularly hard. Some employees may be asked to relocate, but that decision has not yet been made.

For more:
- read this story at The Ottawa Citizen
- see excerpts of Nortel CTO John Roese's blog at Network World

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